Möbius syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Yune Kwong


A child with bilateral facial nerve and abducens nerve palsy.

Patient Data

Age: 10 weeks old
Gender: Male

Right facial nerve is hypoplastic and the left facial nerve is absent. Also, the floor of the fourth ventricle is flattened due to absence of the facial colliculus. 

Case Discussion

In this case, the referring Ophthalmologist already had a working diagnosis of Möbius syndrome prior to imaging. The combination of facial nerve palsy and abducens nerve palsy is characteristic, and high resolution T2 imaging should be obtained in these cases to examine the cisternal portions of the facial nerve. Although, the abducens nerve is not routinely visualized on imaging, the absence of the facial colliculi should be sought, as they are mainly formed by the abducens nerve nuclei.

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Case information

rID: 20901
Published: 20th Dec 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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