Which disorders should be considered in the differential diagnosis of Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP)?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Other problems to be considered include the following:

  • Acoustic neuroma and other cerebellopontine angle lesions

  • Acute or chronic otitis media

  • Amyloidosis

  • Aneurysm of vertebral artery, basilar artery, or carotid arteries

  • Autoimmune syndromes

  • Botulism

  • Carcinomatosis

  • Carotid disease and stroke - Including embolic phenomenon

  • Cholesteatoma of the middle ear

  • Congenital malformation

  • Facial nerve schwannoma

  • Geniculate ganglion infection

  • Glomus tumors

  • Guillain-Barré syndrome

  • Herpes zoster

  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection

  • Leukemia/lymphoma

  • Leukemic meningitis

  • Malignant otitis externa

  • Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome

  • Meningitis

  • Mycoplasma pneumonia

  • Nasopharyngeal carcinoma

  • Osteomyelitis of the skull base

  • Otitis media

  • Parotid gland disease or tumor

  • Pontine lesions

  • Sarcoma

  • Skull base tumor

  • Teratoma

  • Tuberculosis

  • Viral syndromes

  • Wegener granulomatosis

  • Wegener vasculitis


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