What are the characteristics of grade III 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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Grade III is moderate dysfunction. The following characteristics are found:

  • An obvious, but not disfiguring, difference is noted between the 2 sides

  • A noticeable, but not severe, synkinesis, contracture, or hemifacial spasm is present

  • Normal symmetry and tone are noted at rest

  • Forehead movement is slight to moderate

  • Complete eye closure is achieved with effort

  • A slightly weak mouth movement is noted with maximal effort

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