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Car seat palsy
  1. W Christian
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr W Christian
 Paediatric Emergency Department, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol, BS2 4BJ, UK; will.christian{at}


Soft tissue trauma causing peripheral paralysis of the facial nerve is a rarely described event in children. The author describes such a case where a boy developed paralysis of the buccal division of the facial nerve in the absence of any bony injury, through collision with the cushioned side of a child seat during a road traffic accident. He had no other injuries. This reinforces the importance of thorough clinical examination in the detection of subtle neurological abnormalities in young children.

  • facial nerve injuries
  • facial nerve trauma

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