Melkerssons-Rosenthal syndrome: A case report and review of the literature

  • OA Talabi
Keywords: Melkerssons-Rosenthal, Syndrome, Triad, Index of Suspicion


Melkerssons-Rosenthal syndrome is a clinical entity identified by the presence of the triad of recurrent facial paralysis, recurrent often permanent (labial) oedema, and to a lesser extent the placation of the tongue. The striking event is that of recurrent lower motor facial paresis. This should arouse the search for the other components of the triad which is not always complete. The major worry of the patients is however the facial paresis/oedema and the attendant inability to close the eyes which might sometimes get infected. Hallmark of management remains physical therapy and corticosteroid and/or antiviral agents. A high index of suspicion is required to make the diagnosis of Melkerssons-Rosenthal syndrome.

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