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Unusual presentation of idiopathic Bell’s palsy with involvement of the oculomotor nerve
  1. Saji Bushnaq,
  2. Atif Zafar and
  3. Floyd Silva
  1. Department of Neurology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Saji Bushnaq; sajibushnaq{at}


Our patient presented with symptoms consistent with Bell’s palsy. The involved cranial nerves were the facial and oculomotor nerves. She had preceding upper respiratory tract infection symptoms. She had no risk factors or significant illnesses, and no other causes were found. Although there are reported cases of multiple cranial nerves affected in Bell’s palsy, our review of literature revealed no prior cases of involvement of the parasympathetic oculomotor fibres in Bell’s palsy.

  • Cranial nerves
  • Neuroopthalmology

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  • Contributors SB researched the literature and wrote the manuscript. He is the guarantor. AZ revised the manuscript for intellectual content. FS obtained written consent from the patient, submitted the manuscript to the journal and made revisions as requested.

  • 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.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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