What is the role of a neurologic exam 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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Careful neurologic examination is necessary in patients with facial paralysis. This includes complete examination of all of the cranial nerves, sensory and motor testing, and cerebellar testing. A neurologic abnormality warrants neurologic referral and further testing, such as MRI of the brain, lumbar puncture, and EMG where appropriate.

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