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Rev Med Suisse. 2011 Oct 5;7(311):1901-7.

[Facial palsy: update for the practitioner].

[Article in French]

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Service d'ORL et de chirurgie cervico-faciale, CHUV, 1011 Lausanne.


The clinical significance of facial palsy hinges on its psychosocial consequences. While its causes are very numerous, several infections account for a majority of cases: Lyme disease, geniculate zoster (Ramsay Hunt syndrome), while the role of HSV-1 in essential (Bell's) palsy remains controversial. Essentials of facial palsy management are discussed, including the importance of the functional grading of palsy, the complexity of Lyme disease serological diagnosis, and its treatment using doxycycline, antiviral and steroids treatment of geniculate zoster, while regarding essential facial palsy, only steroids, but not antiviral have been shown to improve functional recovery.

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