Stylohyoid Muscle Transfer in Marginal Mandibular Nerve Palsy

Ozturk M. B. , Ertekin C., Uzuneyupoglu O., Tezcan M.

JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.29, no.8, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/scs.0000000000004739
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus


Isolated paralysis of the marginal mandibular nerve results in an asymmetrical lip appearance with aesthetic and functional losses. Until today treatment options include mainly muscle transfers, and botulinium toxin injections for temporary issues. Since it was first reported by Edgerton, the technique of anterior belly of digastric transfer has been one of the most preferred. Alternatives for this technique still remain limited. In this clinical report, a new alternative technique was defined, stylohyoid muscle transfer, for the situations that digastric muscle is absent. The technique was compared with other conventional treatment methods and the outcomes were discussed.