Traumatic multiple lower cranial nerve palsy: a case report and review of the literature

Taga-Senirli R., BAJİN M. D., DEMİR N., AKYOL M. U.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, vol.56, no.5, pp.557-560, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.557-560
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Lower cranial nerve palsy, also known as Collet-Sicard syndrome, is a fairly rare pathology characterized by unilateral palsy of the IX-X-XI-XII cranial nerves. We report a multiple cranial nerve palsy developing after a head trauma that might have been considered negligible. A 16-year-old boy was admitted with swallowing and articulation problems and difficulty lifting one shoulder after a head trauma suffered during a football match. No pathology was revealed in the subsequent imaging. Cranial nerve palsies due to head trauma are very rare. Awareness of the possibility of such a condition, leading to early recognition and treatment, may result in significant functional recovery.