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Facial Nerve Palsy Etiology and Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment

Division of Emergency Medicine, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA.
Pediatric emergency care (Impact Factor: 0.92). 10/2010; 26(10):763-9; quiz 770-3. DOI: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3181f3bd4a
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ABSTRACT Facial nerve palsy has a broad differential diagnosis and possible psychological and anatomical consequences. A thorough investigation must be performed to determine the cause of the palsy and to direct treatment. If no cause can be found, therapy with prednisone with or without an antiviral medication can be considered and begun as early as possible after onset of symptoms. Resolution and time to recovery vary with etiology, but overall prognosis is good.

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