Sep 12, 1977

Recurrent Bell's palsy. Etiology, frequency, prognosis

Journal of Neurology
B MamoliL Ehrmann


The etiology, frequency and prognosis of recurrent Bell's palsy were studied in patients with peripheral paresis of n.facialis of various etiology. Fourteen (11.9%) of 117 patients with Bell's palsy had a recurrent paresis of n.facialis. Nine of these were of homolateral and five contralateral type. Seven recurrent facial paralyses in idiopathic Bell's palsy (i.e. 10.4% of the patients with idiopathic facial palsy), 3 facial palsies of viral origin (i.e. 8.8% of the patients with viral facial palsy), one in association with diabetes mellitus, one during pregnancy, one combined with positive rheumatic serological tests, and one in a case of Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome were found. The frequency and heterogenity of etiology of recurrent facial palsies suggest a predisposing factor or immune mechanisms. In eight patients there was within 6 to 8 weeks a good, in two patients a moderate and in four patients a poor recovery of function. The greater reduction of the compound action potential of the m.orbicularis oris in recurrent homolateral facial palsy in relation to patients with single manifestation point out the greater denervation and therefore the poorer prognosis of recurrent palsies. A prophylactic decompression to prevent a...Continue Reading

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Action Potentials
Bell Palsy
MROS gene
Melkersson-Rosenthal Syndrome
Facial Paresis
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Drugs used in migraine prophylaxis
Mimetic Muscles

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