Unilateral Isolated Hypoglossal Nerve Palsy Caused by Gunshot Injury
Batcik, Osman Ersagun
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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.