Skull base metastases causing acute bilateral hypoglossal nerve palsy

Francisco T. Rotta, José G. Romano

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Acute bilateral tongue palsy is a rare clinical presentation. We report one such case caused by skull base metastases from prostate cancer. There were no other cranial nerves involved or associated neurological deficit. Mild improvement was seen following radiation therapy. We review the anatomy of the nerve and differential diagnosis of its disfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-129
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Neurological Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 1997


  • articulation disorders
  • cranial nerves
  • deglutition
  • hypoglossal nerve
  • metastases
  • skull neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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