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Korean J Pediatr 2011 December;54(12) :515-517.
A case of idiopathic isolated hypoglossal nerve palsy in a Korean child
Ji Hoi Yoon (Yoon JH)1, Kyung Lae Cho (Cho KL)1, Hae Jung Lee (Lee HJ)1, Seo Hui Choi (Choi SH)1, Kyung Yul Lee (Lee KY)2, Sung Koo Kim (Kim SK)3, Jun Hwa Lee (Lee JH)1
1Department of Pediatrics, Samsung Changwon Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Changwon, Korea
2Department of Physical Education, Kyungnam University College of Education, Changwon, Korea
3Department of Pediatrics, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Jun Hwa Lee ,Tel: +82-55-290-6140, Fax: +82-55-290-6044, Email:
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Hypoglossal nerve palsy (HNP) is an uncommon neurological abnormality that can provoke characteristic clinical signs, including unilateral atrophy of the tongue musculature. We present the case of a healthy 11-year-old Korean male who was admitted to the outpatient department of our institution with acute onset dysarthria, tongue fasciculations, and right-sided tongue weakness upon awakening. His evaluation included a virology work-up, neck magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), brain MRI, and otorhinolaryngological physical examination; all tests were normal and showed no evidence of inflammation. Fifteen days after the onset of symptoms, the patient recovered completely. Herein, we report a case of idiopathic isolated HNP in a Korean male.
Keywords: Hypoglossal nerve | Palsy | Child
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