Asthma Allergy Immunology

Asthma Allergy Immunology

2013, Vol 11, Num, 2     (Pages: 131-133)

A case of Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome associated with autoimmune hypothyroidism

Kurtuluş AKSU 1, Emel KURT 2,

1 Department of Immunology and Allergy, Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2 Division of Immunology and Allergy, Department of Chest Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Osmangazi University, Eskisehir, Turkey

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Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome (MRS) is a rarely encountered clinical entitiy characterized with the triad of facial nerve palsy, recurrent episodes of orofacial oedema and fissured tongue. The etiology of MRS is not yet clearly understood. We report a case of MRS with classical triad who also received diagnosis of autoimmune hypothyroidism pointing out that investigating autoimmune diseases including autoimmune hypothyroidism in patients with MRS is important.

Keywords : Hypothyroidism, Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome, autoimmunity