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Facial nerve palsy associated with Rickettsia conorii infection
  1. M Bitsoria,
  2. E Galanakisa,
  3. C E Papadakisb,
  4. S Sbyrakisa
  1. aDepartment of Paediatrics, University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece, bDepartment of Otorhinolaryngology, University Hospital of Heraklion
  1. Dr E Galanakis, Department of Paediatrics, University of Crete, PO Box 1393, 715 00 Heraklion, Greeceegalanak{at}


Facial nerve palsy has been occasionally attributed to infectious agents, but Rickettsiae species have not been documented as causative agents. We report two adolescent girls with facial nerve palsy and serological evidence ofR conorii infection. These cases indicate that rickettsioses should be included among the causes of facial nerve palsy, particularly in endemic areas.

  • Bell's palsy
  • facial nerve palsy
  • Rickettsia conorii
  • rickettsial infections
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