Parotid swelling and facial nerve palsy: an uncommon presentation of sarcoidosis

Kelly R Magliocca, Edwin M Leung, Jeffrey S Desmond
General Dentistry 2009, 57 (2): 180-2
Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease of unknown etiology that can affect virtually any organ system. Diagnosing sarcoidosis can be challenging, since manifestations of the disease will vary depending on the organ systems involved. The present case describes a 24-year-old woman with bilateral jaw pain and swelling, who developed bilateral facial nerve palsies secondary to sarcoidosis. Consideration of sarcoidosis in the differential diagnosis of facial nerve palsy or parotid swelling is important to ensure proper treatment.

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