Unusual aetiology of isolated lower motor neuron facial palsy: Systemic lupus erythematosus presenting with cranial nerve palsy and nephritis

Nayef Mohammed Kazzaz, Rasha El-Rifai

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Abstract

A 20-year-old woman presented with common cold symptoms was found to have a left-sided facial droop. On examination, peripheral facial nerve palsy was confirmed. Subsequent testing showed nephrotic range proteinuria and positive serologies including antinuclear antibody and anti-smith antibody. Kidney biopsy showed stage III lupus nephritis. Treatment with pulse steroids along with mycophenolate mofetil for her lupus nephritis resulted in concomitant improvement of her facial palsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number200378
JournalBMJ case reports
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 26 2013
Externally publishedYes

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