Is posterior auricular pain a symptom 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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Half of the patients affected with Bell palsy may complain of posterior auricular pain. [10] The pain frequently occurs simultaneously with the paresis, but pain precedes the paresis by 2-3 days in about 25% of patients. Ask the patient if he or she has experienced trauma, which may account for the pain and facial paralysis.


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