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Primary neuroblastoma of the facial nerve presenting as a recurrent facial paralysis

  • C. J. V. Fenton (a1), R. Coddington (a2), A. D. Ramsay (a3) and R. J. N. Garth (a1)


A case is described of a primary neuroblastoma of the facial nerve in a 13-year-old boy presenting with a recurrent facial paralysis. This tumour was excised preserving the nerve and followed with post-operative radiotherapy. The pathology of the tumour is described and facial nerve tumours briefly discussed as a cause of facial palsy. There have been no other cases of a primary neuroblastoma of the facial nerve arising at this site reported in the last 20 years.


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Address for correspondence: R. J. N. Garth, F.R.C.S., Department of Otolaryngology, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Barrack Road Exeter EX2 5DW.


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