Horner’s syndrome caused by intra-oral trauma

Grant T. Liu, Ronald W. Deskin, Don C. Bienfang

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A 7-year-old boy developed a Horner’s syndrome after falling on a stick that penetrated his peritonsillar soft palate. He did not suffer from any major vascular injury, and pharmacologic testing indicated a preganglionic lesion. We review previously reported cases of oculosym-pathetic paresis caused by surgical and nonsurgical intra-oral trauma. Because of the proximity between sympathetic and vascular structures in the lateral and parapharyngeal space, Horner’s syndrome in the setting of intra-oral trauma should prompt evaluation of the internal carotid artery. Magnetic resonance imaging may be a reasonable noninvasive method for this investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-115
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1992


  • Horner’s syndrome
  • Internal carotid artery
  • Intra-oral trauma
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Neurology


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