Case Report
Volume 11 Issue 4 - 2022
Masseter to Facial Nerve Transfer: Case, Procedure Report and 2 Years Follow Up in a Girl with Iatrogenic Facial Palsy Following an Internal Ear Hydatid Cyst Resection
Mohammad Sadegh Masoudi1, Mohammad Hadi Amir Shahpari Motlagh1, Bita Hashemi2, Alireza Liaghat1, Sina Zoghi1,2 and Reza 1*
1Department of Neurosurgery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
2Student Research Committee, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Reza Taheri, Department of Neurosurgery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
Received: February 18, 2022; Published: April 22, 2022


Background: Re-animation of paralyzed facial nerve using nerve transfer from other craniocervical motor nerves has been suggested by surgeons as a way of solving these issue. A coined method for facial nerve re-animation is using masseter branch of trigeminal nerve as the donor nerve. This procedure is a suitable solution even for the patients having paralysis longer than 12 months.

Case Presentation: We report our experience with a 16-year-old girl whose right internal ear hydatid cyst was operated 4 years ago. During the operation, her right facial nerve was damaged. She was selected for masseter to facial nerve transfer. During the two year follow-up, facial expressions of the patient got significantly better.

Conclusion: This method is suitable choice for patients with iatrogenic facial palsy who sought medical attention after 12 months since the damage.


Keywords: Facial Palsy; Nerve Transfer; Masseter; Iatrogenic Injury


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Citation: Reza Taheri., et al. “Masseter to Facial Nerve Transfer: Case, Procedure Report and 2 Years Follow Up in a Girl with Iatrogenic Facial Palsy Following an Internal Ear Hydatid Cyst Resection”. EC Paediatrics 11.5 (2022): 11-17.

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