Differential diagnosis of neonatal facial asymmetry

I. Alfonso, A. Hawit, O. Papazian, C. Lopez

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The diagnostic evaluation and treatment of a neonate with an asymmetrical face depends on the cause of the asymmetry. Neonatal facial asymmetry worse when crying is due to: (1) central lesions, (2) nuclear or intrapontine fiber lesions, (3) peripheral nerve lesions, (4) branch lesion, or (5) agenesis of the depressor angularis oris. Neonatal facial asymmetry worse during awake is due to: (1) common oculomotor nerve lesions, (2) oculosympathetic pathway lesions, or (3) elevator palpebrae damage. Neonatal facial asymmetry equal during crying and awake or or with palpable deformity are due to facial molding or tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-190
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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