What is the role of salivary flow testing 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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Salivary flow also may be tested. The physician places a small catheter into the paralyzed and normal submandibular glands. The patient is then asked to suck on a lemon, and the salivary flow is compared between the 2 sides. The normal side is the control.


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