• Is Marcus Gunn jaw-wink connected to hearing problems?


    Question:

    Are hearing problems found to be common on the same side of the head in a patient with Marcus Gunn jaw-wink (a problem with the nerves where jaw movement causes the eye(s) to blink) and ptosis (droopy eyelid)? My 2-year-old was diagnosed at one week and we are just now discovering he may have been born with some hearing loss on that same affected side. I'm wondering if it could be related.


    Answer:

    To my knowledge there is no specific correlation between the jaw wink and hearing loss, though the cranial nerves involved are close to each other.


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