Familial Facial Palsy: Another Case Series of Seven Families from the Northern State, Sudan. Is it common?Familial Facial Palsy: Another Case Series of Seven Families from the Northern State, Sudan. Is it common?

Volume 8, Issue 4, August 2023     |     PP. 193-201      |     PDF (224 K)    |     Pub. Date: July 11, 2023
DOI: 10.54647/cm321119    61 Downloads     2784 Views  


Mohamed Osman Abdelaziz, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Dongola

Idiopathic facial (Bell's) palsy is a common neurologic disease. Familial facial palsy is an uncommon cause of idiopathic facial palsy affecting 4-14% of cases. Most cases follow an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern and many related genes were discovered. One previous study from the Northern State, Sudan reported six families with familial facial palsy. This study aims to describe familial facial palsy in seven families from the Northern State. The total number of cases of facial palsy in this study was 23 with 14 (60.9%) females from seven families compared to 34(38.2% female) cases from six families in the previous study. Two female patients developed recurrent episodes of facial palsy, whereas all other affected patients had a single episode. One of the two females with recurrent facial palsy had 10 episodes of facial palsy. Familial facial palsy may be common in the Northern Sate but further studies are needed to determine the prevalence and incidence in the state and other parts of Sudan. Genetic testing is recommended and family history is important.

Bell's palsy, Familial facial palsy, Northern State, Sudan

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Mohamed Osman Abdelaziz, Familial Facial Palsy: Another Case Series of Seven Families from the Northern State, Sudan. Is it common?Familial Facial Palsy: Another Case Series of Seven Families from the Northern State, Sudan. Is it common? , SCIREA Journal of Clinical Medicine. Volume 8, Issue 4, August 2023 | PP. 193-201. 10.54647/cm321119


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