How is the Schirmer blotting test used 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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The Schirmer blotting test may be used to assess tearing function. The use of benzene will stimulate the nasolacrimal reflex, and the degree of tearing can be compared between the paralyzed and normal sides.


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