COVID-19 as a rare cause of facial nerve neuritis in a pediatric patient

Sultan Zain, Kalliopi Petropoulou, Kanish Mirchia, Abdelmohsen Hussien, Kavya Mirchia

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COVID-19 has been noted to present with neurological symptoms in nearly 30% of patients. While children are more likely to be asymptomatic, neurological involvement has been observed. We present the case of a 23-month-old previously healthy female who was brought to the emergency room for a new-onset facial droop. The patient tested positive for COVID-19 but was otherwise asymptomatic. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain with and without contrast revealed abnormal enhancement along the canalicular segment of the right cranial VII extending to the first genu suggestive of cranial nerve neuritis. Given that our case involves a pediatric patient with no significant comorbidities presenting with facial drop, COVID-19 should be considered on the differential when evaluating causes of new onset peripheral nerve palsies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1400-1404
Number of pages5
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • facial nerve palsy
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • neuritis
  • neuroradiology
  • pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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