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August 1969

Traumatic Facial Palsy

Author Affiliations

San Juan, Puerto Rico
From the Department of Otolaryngology, San Juan City Hospital, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(2):137-138. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030139007

THE FOLLOWING case is being presented because of its unusual etiology.

Report of a Case  This 4-year-old female patient was examined in our outpatient Otolaryngology Clinic on Jan 21, 1964 because of suppuration of her right ear and facial palsy on the right side.In the past history, the patient was examined by a general practitioner on Nov 14, 1963 when she introduced a medium-sized plastic pearl into her right external auditory canal.An attempt to remove the foreign body by the physician resulted in trauma and bleeding from the external canal. Three days later she developed a facial palsy on the right side which was followed in a few days by suppuration. Subsequently her mother brought her to our clinic at the San Juan City Hospital.On physical examination the following findings were reported: complete peripheral facial palsy on her right side. The right external auditory canal was filled

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