Which disorders should be considered in differential diagnosis of Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP) based on history?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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In the setting of an appropriate history, additional considerations include the following:

  • Alcoholic neuropathy

  • Anesthesia nerve blocks

  • Basal skull fractures

  • Barotrauma

  • Benign intracranial hypertension

  • Birth trauma

  • Carbon monoxide exposure

  • Diphtheria

  • Facial injuries

  • Facial trauma (blunt, penetrating, iatrogenic)

  • Forceps delivery

  • Iatrogenic - As in otologic, neurotologic, skull base, or parotid surgery

  • Infectious mononucleosis

  • Kawasaki disease

  • Leprosy

  • Metastatic disease

  • Mumps

  • Polyneuritis

  • Temporal bone fracture

  • Tetanus

  • Thalidomide exposure

  • Toxic

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