When is testing indicated 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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In many cases, the history and physical examination of the patient establish the diagnosis of Bell palsy. If the clinical findings are doubtful or if paralysis lasts longer than 6–8 weeks, further investigations should be considered. [11]


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