BMJ Case Reports 2018; doi:10.1136/bcr-2018-224842
  • Reminder of important clinical lesson

Neonatal facial palsy, a case series: is CPAP the culprit?

  1. Amit Shukla1
  1. 1Neonatology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  2. 2Department of Neonatology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Aakash Pandita, aakash.pandita{at}
  • Accepted 26 June 2018
  • Published 12 July 2018


We report a case series of three idiopathic unilateral facial nerve palsies in neonates with no identified risk factors. Neuroimaging done was normal. All the neonates had complete spontaneous recovery within a month, with no residual deficits. As per our knowledge, there are very few case reports of facial palsy in a neonate reported in literature and are often labelled as idiopathic.


  • Contributors NM and AP wrote the manuscript. GG and AS helped in corrections. AP and GG did the critical appraisal.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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