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International Primary Care Association

Clinical Focus Volume 4 N2

The Finer points of facial palsy


Facial palsy is a debilitating condition that has many causes. The commonest cause is Bell’s palsy (idiopathic facial nerve palsy) but there is mounting evidence that it may have been over diagnosed. This article draws closer attention to the alternative causes, appropriate examinations and investigations. A consensus for the treatment of Bell’s palsy has been elusive in lieu of well constructed trials. Recently though, good evidence has emerged for the role of steroids and anti-virals in the treatment of Bell’s palsy.

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  • Authors: AR Anderson & DR Strachan
  • Keywords: Facial nerve palsy, Bell’s palsy, steroids, anti-virals.
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