When are imaging studies 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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Imaging with CT scanning or other methods is indicated if there are other associated physical findings or if the paresis is progressive and unremitting. CT scanning demonstrates the architecture of the temporal bone and may be used if some other pathology is suspected.


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