Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine
Facial Baroparesis Mimicking Stroke
- Author(s): Krywko, Diann M.
- Clare, D. Tyler
- Orabi, Mohammad
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/cpcem.2018.1.36488
We report a case of a 55-year-old male who experienced unilateral facial muscle paralysis upon ascent to altitude on a commercial airline flight, with resolution of symptoms shortly after descent. The etiology was determined to be facial nerve barotrauma, or facial baroparesis, which is a known but rarely reported complication of scuba diving, with even fewer cases reported related to aviation. The history and proposed pathogenesis of this unique disease process are described.