Which patients with Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP) may receive the most benefit from surgical intervention?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Surgery to decompress the facial nerve is controversial. Patients with a poor prognosis, identified by facial nerve testing or persistent paralysis, appear to benefit the most from surgical intervention. However, studies have been mixed as far as benefit from surgery. [45]


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