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2023 Oct 12

Eur J Neurol


A new gene for autosomal dominant facial palsy/migraine identified in a family by whole exome sequencing.


Azzarà A, Cassano I, Lintas C, Bernardini L, Pilato F, Capone F, Di Lazzaro V, Gurrieri F


Facial palsy manifests as unilateral or bilateral weakness and inability to move some of the facial muscles. The aetiology may be different including idiopathic, trauma, infections or brain tumours or it can be associated with chronic neurological diseases. For instance, in recurrent migraine, an increased risk of idiopathic facial palsy (often unilateral) has been observed. Migraine is a neurovascular disorder characterized by mild to severe intensity of headaches, often associated with neuro-ophthalmological symptoms.