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Facial Nerve Problems (cont.)

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Can facial nerve problems be prevented?

At one time it was thought that exposure to cold air or a strong wind were predisposing factors leading to idiopathic facial nerve palsy (Bell's palsy); we now know that these ideas were incorrect. As the majority of causes for idiopathic facial nerve problems are unknown, it is difficult to predict with any accuracy specific items to avoid. Choosing a healthy lifestyle to decrease the risk of diabetes, cancer, or infection may help prevent some cases of facial nerve palsy.

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Marsk, E., et al. "Prediction of nonrecovery in Bell's palsy using Sunnybrook grading." Laryngoscope 122.4 (2012): 901-906.

Peitersen, E. "The natural history of Bell's palsy." The American Journal of Otology 4.2 (1982): 107-111.

Sullivan, F. M., et al. "Early treatment with prednisolone or acyclovir in Bell's palsy." The New England Journal of Medicine 357:16 (2007): 1598-1607.

Sullivan, F. M., et al. " A randomised controlled trial of the use of aciclovir and/or prednisolone for the early treatment of Bell's palsy: the BELLS study." Health Technology Assessment 47:iii-iv, ix-xi (2009) 1-130.

Teixeira, L. J., et al. "Physical therapy for Bell s palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis)." Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 3 (2008): CD006283.

Previous contributing author: Standiford Helm II, MD.


Last Editorial Review: 7/26/2012


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