Which oral exam findings are consistent with a 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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A careful oral examination must be performed. Taste and salivation are affected in many patients with Bell palsy. Taste may be assessed by holding the tongue with gauze and testing each side of the tongue independently with salt, sugar, and vinegar. The mouth must be washed after testing with different substances. The affected side has decreased taste compared with the normal side.


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