Neonatal facial palsy without forceps use: report of two cases and review


  • Yousra E. L. Boussaadni Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Tangier, Morocco
  • Rabab Attaellah Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Tangier, Morocco
  • Abdallah Oulmaati Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Tangier, Morocco



Newborn, Facial palsy, Corticosteroid


Neonatal facial palsy is a very rare diagnosis with only a few previously published cases of newborns, it can have varying etiologies apart from traumatic causes. The congenital, infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic causes must be eliminated before making the definitive diagnosis of traumatic facial paralysis. A multidisciplinary approach is recommended to differentiate various causes and initiate treatment in a timely manner. Corticosteroids have been used to minimize nerve damage and hasten recovery in the most of studies. We report in this work two cases at 2 and 3 days old of congenital unilateral facial palsy in newborns without history of obstetrical trauma with a good prognosis after corticosteroids with complete resolution.


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