Which exams are performed in the diagnosis of Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP)?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Examination for Bell palsy includes the following:

  • Otologic examination: Pneumatic otoscopy and tuning fork examination, particularly if evidence of acute or chronic otitis media

  • Ocular examination: Patient often unable to completely close eye on affected side

  • Oral examination: Taste and salivation often affected

  • Neurologic examination: All cranial nerves, sensory and motor testing, cerebellar testing

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