Unilateral Isolated Hypoglossal Nerve Palsy Caused by Gunshot Injury

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Ozdemir B., Kanat A., Batcik S., Batcik O. E. , Celiker M., Kayayurt K.

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, vol.29, pp.424-426, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/scs.0000000000004126
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
  • Page Numbers: pp.424-426


Cranial nerve palsies after gunshot injury are not uncommon. However, in the literature, only 1 patient with isolated hypoglossal nerve paralysis caused by gunshot has been published. The authors describe a 34-year-old man suffering from unilateral isolated hypoglossal nerve palsy caused by gunshot injury as a second reported patient. The bullet entered maxillary sinus, and caused condylar fracture, then ended up C1-2 interspace. The bullet was surgically removed by a posterior approach. It is important to pay attention to hypoglossal nerve injury when confronted with a gunshot wound. The authors recommend early and sufficient surgical decompression.