When is an evaluation by an otolaryngologist or an ophthalmologist indicated for patients with 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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An evaluation by an otolaryngologist may be indicated for patients with a prolonged course, for the consideration of surgical decompression of the facial nerve. Patients who report persistent dry eye or painful eye should be referred to an ophthalmologist. An evaluation by a specialist in infectious disease may be indicated if results of laboratory studies are positive for Lyme disease, syphilis, or HIV infection.


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