Swallow-Induced Eyelid Myokymia: A Novel Synkinesis Syndrome

Amrita Amanda D. Vuppala, Gregory J. Griepentrog, Ryan D. Walsh

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Herein, we describe a novel manifestation of facial nerve synkinesis, swallow-induced eyelid myokymia, and hypothesise that this phenomenon is due to synkinetic facial nerve innervations of the stylohyoid-posterior digastric complex of suprahyoid muscles and orbicularis oculi muscle. In our patient’s case, onabotulinum toxin A treatment provided good therapeutic response. Swallow-induced eyelid myokymia is a unique and previously unreported variety of facial nerve synkinesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-110
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 3 2020


  • Myokymia
  • aberrant regeneration
  • benign eyelid myokymia
  • facial nerve
  • swallow
  • synkinesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Neurology


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