When is monitoring 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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The patient should be monitored if the initial EMG shows that the function of the involved facial muscles is less than 25% of the normal side’s facial muscle function. If the residual paralysis is severe, the patient should be referred for counseling.


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