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2019 Apr 19

J Med Case Rep



Idiopathic intracranial hypertension presenting with isolated unilateral facial nerve palsy: a case report.


Samara A, Ghazaleh D, Berry B, Ghannam M
J Med Case Rep. 2019 Apr 19; 13(1):94.
PMID: 30999940.


Idiopathic intracranial hypertension, also known as pseudotumor cerebri, is a disorder characterized by increased intracranial pressure of unclear pathogenesis in the absence of other structural and obstructive lesions that is predominantly, although not exclusively, seen in obese women of childbearing age. Patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension commonly present with a headache, transient visual obscurations, and intracranial noises with some cranial nerves occasionally involved, most commonly CN VI. We report idiopathic intracranial hypertension presenting with isolated complete unilateral facial nerve palsy, as the sole cranial nerve involved, which is a presentation rarely reported in the literature.