Melkersson-Rosenthal Syndrome

Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome is a neurological disorder. This syndrome is characterized by facial swelling, especially of the lips. Partial loss of movement in a body part (paralysis) may occur. The tongue may develop folds or wrinkles (furrows). Symptoms often begin in early adolescence.


The cause of this syndrome is unknown.


Treatment is based on your symptoms.

  • Treatment may include surgery to relieve pressure on the facial nerves and to reduce swollen tissue.

  • Drug therapy, including steroids, may also reduce swelling.

  • Massage and electrical stimulation may also be prescribed.