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Facial palsy treatment

Hua Zhao, Xin Zhang, Yinda Tang, Shiting Li
OBJECTIVE: To determine the plasma fibrinogen level in patients with Bell palsy and explore the significances of it in Bell palsy. METHODS: One hundred five consecutive patients with facial paralysis were divided into 3 groups: group I (Bell palsy), group II (temporal bone fractures), and group III (facial nerve schwannoma). In addition, 22 volunteers were defined as control group. Two milliliters fasting venous blood from elbow was collected, and was evaluated by CA-7000 Full-Automatic Coagulation Analyzer...
October 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Min-Hui Hung, Chun-Ta Liao, Chung-Jan Kang, Shiang-Fu Huang
Most parotid tumors grow slowly, and sometimes these patients do not request surgical treatment until the tumors become large and affect their appearance. The surgical treatment of these large tumors is usually accompanied by large skin defects after excision, and it is challenging for surgeons to close the defect primarily. This report describes the case of a 68-year-old man with a left parotid gland tumor (largest dimension, 110 mm) and the case of a 79-year-old man with a left parotid gland tumor measuring approximately 77 mm that had existed for decades...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Constantin von Kirschbaum, Robert Gürkov
Introduction. Vestibular schwannomas (VS) are benign tumours of the vestibular nerve and can lead to hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, facial palsy, and brainstem compression. Audiovestibular diagnostic tests are essential for detection and treatment planning. Methods. Medline was used to perform a systematic literature review with regard to how audiovestibular test parameters correlate with symptoms, tumour size, and tumour location. Results. The auditory brainstem response can be used to diagnose retrocochlear lesions caused by VS...
2016: BioMed Research International
Rafael da Costa Monsanto, Aline Gomes Bittencourt, Natal José Bobato Neto, Silvia Carolina Almeida Beilke, Fabio Tadeu Moura Lorenzetti, Raquel Salomone
Introduction Ramsay Hunt syndrome is the second most common cause of facial palsy. Early and correct treatment should be performed to avoid complications, such as permanent facial nerve dysfunction. Objective The objective of this study is to review the prognosis of the facial palsy on Ramsay Hunt syndrome, considering the different treatments proposed in the literature. Data Synthesis We read the abstract of 78 studies; we selected 31 studies and read them in full. We selected 19 studies for appraisal...
October 2016: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
S Monini, C M Iacolucci, M Di Traglia, A I Lazzarino, M Barbara
The treatment of Bell's palsy (BP), based on steroids and/or antiviral drugs, may still leave a certain percentage of affected subjects with disfiguring sequelae due to incomplete recovery. The different procedures of physical rehabilitation have not been demonstrated to play a favourable role in this disorder. The aim of the present study was to compare functional outcomes in severe cases of Bell's palsy when treated by steroids alone or by steroids accompanied by Kabat physical rehabilitation. This prospective study included 94 subjects who showed sudden facial nerve (FN) palsy with House-Brackmann grade IV or V and who were divided into two groups on the basis of the therapeutic approach: one group (a) was treated by steroids, and the other (b) received steroids in combination with physical rehabilitation...
August 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Eman Mohamed Khedr, Reda Badry, Anwer Mohamed Ali, Noha Abo El-Fetoh, Dina Hatem El-Hammady, Abeer Mohamed Ghandour, Ahmed Abdel-Haleem
BACKGROUND: A large number of patients with Bell's palsy fail to recover facial function completely after steroid therapy. Only a few small trials have been conducted to test whether outcomes can be improved by the addition of antiviral therapy. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of treatment with steroid alone versus steroid + antiviral in a group of patients with moderately severe to severe acute Bell's palsy. METHODS: Fifty eligible patients out of a total of 65 with acute onset Bell's palsy were randomized to receive the two treatments...
September 29, 2016: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Pinar Arican, Nihal Olgac Dundar, Pinar Gencpinar, Dilek Cavusoglu
Bell's palsy is the most common cause of acute peripheral facial nerve paralysis, but the optimal dose of corticosteroids in pediatric patients is still unclear. This retrospective study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of low-dose corticosteroid therapy compared with high-dose corticosteroid therapy in children with Bell's palsy. Patients were divided into 2 groups based on the dose of oral prednisolone regimen initiated. The severity of idiopathic facial nerve paralysis was graded according to the House-Brackmann Grading Scale...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
Daisuke Yamamoto, Syuuichirou Suzuki, Bungo Hirose, Minoru Yamada, Masaki Shimizu, Shun Shimohama
A 55-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of acute onset of diplopia and gait disturbance. On admission, ophthalmoplegia, ataxia and areflexia were observed. He was diagnosed with Fisher syndrome and given intravenous immunoglobulin therapy from day 6 to day 10 after disease onset. After treatment, ophthalmoplegia and ataxia began to improve. However, he developed taste impairment on day 13 and right hemifacial weakness on day 16 after onset. A blink reflex test revealed right facial nerve impairment...
September 28, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Samad Ghiasi, Mehdi Banaei
INTRODUCTION: Although bilateral facial nerve palsy is a rare condition, its etiology is more detectable than the unilateral type. A temporal bone fracture is one cause of bilateral facial nerve palsy, contributing in 3% of the cases. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report the case of a 35-year-old man complaining of bilateral incomplete eye closure, two weeks after a closed head injury caused by a motor vehicle accident. CONCLUSIONS: The high resolution computed tomography findings revealed a bilateral temporal bone fracture line, which extended to the fallopian canal...
June 2016: Archives of Trauma Research
Johan Lindström, Anna Grahn, Henrik Zetterberg, Marie Studahl
Reactivation of varicella zoster virus (VZV) can manifest with facial palsy diagnosed as Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS) or Ramsay Hunt Syndrome zoster sine herpete (RHS-ZSH). These syndromes are associated with poor prognosis despite treatment with antivirals and corticosteroids. Concentrations of biomarkers such as neurofilament protein (NFL), S-100β protein and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAp) have previously been measured in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to assess neuronal damage and glial pathology. We employed immunochemical methods to measure concentrations of NFL, S-100β protein and GFAp in CSF from patients with RHS (n = 15) and RHS-ZSH (n = 13) diagnosed by detection of VZV DNA in the CSF by quantitative PCR, and compared with a control group (n = 52)...
September 19, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Luigi A Lanterna, Carlo Brembilla, Paolo Gritti, Claudio Bernucci
BACKGROUND: Moyamoya (MM) is a very rare cerebrovascular disease, particularly in Caucasians. We describe the results of an Italian case series where the mainstay of treatment was a bypass or a combined approach. METHODS: An analysis of a prospectively collected database was carried out. The main objective was to investigate (1) the risk of perioperative stroke and surgical complications, (2) the risk of new ischemic events, and (3) the risk of new hemorrhages at follow-up (mean follow-up: 2...
2016: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
P Guerreschi, P-E Gabert, D Labbé, V Martinot-Duquennoy
Facial palsy (FP) in children is congenital or acquired. When present at birth (congenital), etiologies are mostly traumatic and rarely developmental. Acquired FP needs investigation. Research on the etiology helps to determine prognostic and treatment. At most times, no specific cause is found. Treatment of idiopathic FP consists of early oral corticosteroid therapy and ocular protection. Treating the sequelae is essential and the physician has to consider the dynamic balance of both sides of the face. Dynamic rehabilitation should mainly concern the inferior facial third...
October 2016: Annales de Chirurgie Plastique et Esthétique
Patrick Trévidic, Gisella Criollo-Lamilla
BACKGROUND: Platysma bands are one of the first signs of aging of the neck. Current theories suggest that these bands develop due to skin sagging followed by loss of muscle tone. Treatment strategies, therefore, aim to tighten skin and muscle. The aim of the present study was to demonstrate that platysma bands are due to muscular activity during the aging process and not secondary to skin sagging. This suggests a new approach to managing platysma bands. METHODS: A descriptive, prospective clinical study of 25 patients who presented with definitive, unilateral, facial palsy following otoneurosurgical treatment...
September 10, 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Yousef Shafaiee, Bita Shahbazzadegan
INTRODUCTION: Facial paralysis is a devastating condition with profound functional, aesthetic and psychosocial consequences. Tumors within or outside the skull, Bell's palsy and trauma are the most common causes of facial paralysis in adults. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient was a 35-year-old man with deep laceration wounds. The patient was taken to the operating room and the nerves were repaired. We observed gradual improvement of muscle performance except branches of the frontal nerve...
May 2016: Trauma Monthly
Wacław Kopala, Andrzej Kukwa
INTRODUCTION: The stapedius nerve is one of the branches of the facial nerve in the temporal bone. It supplies the stapedius muscle, which is responsible for the attenuation reflex that protects the inner ear from loud noises. The stapedius (acoustic) reflex (SR) test is useful in identifying the site of facial nerve injury. The return of the SR (acoustic) to normal after an injury is a good prognostic factor in the treatment of facial nerve palsy. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of FNP on the SR (acoustic) response and determine the acoustic reflex threshold (ART) levels on the affected side...
October 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Cameron C Wick, Joseph Zachariah, Sunil Manjila, William C Brown, Prerna Malla, Bashar Katirji, Mark Cohen, Cliff A Megerian
IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is increasingly being recognized as an entity effecting the head and neck region. Although most commonly seen with salivary gland or paranasal sinus involvement, IgG4-RD may also involve the temporal bone and skull base. We report a rare care of a 61-year-old female with IgG4-RD presenting as synchronous lesions of the middle ear and middle cranial fossa with polyneuropathy of cranial nerves II, VI, and VII. Initial histopathological evaluation of her resected ear mass suggested a benign inflammatory process but no specific diagnosis...
August 18, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
L Castilla-Guerra, M C Fernandez-Moreno, S Vergara-Lopez, M Merino-Rumin, M A Colmenero-Camacho
INTRODUCTION: Tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF) can cause neurological complications. There are hardly any studies in Spain on this subject. AIM: To study the prevalence and clinical characteristics of neurological complications of patients with TBRF. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all the patients attended with TBRF over 12 years (2004-2015) in a hospital in a rural area of southern Spain. RESULTS: We included 75 patients, 42 males (56%)...
September 16, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
Richie Chiu-Lung Chan, Jimmy Yu-Wai Chan
PURPOSE: Literature on palpebral springs is scarce, and even more so for the Asian population. In this study, the authors evaluated their experience with palpebral spring placement for paralytic lagophthalmos in an Asian population. The authors report the unique challenges encountered due to the distinctive features in Asian eyelids and how they overcome them. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the application of palpebral springs in Asians. METHODS: All patients treated for paralytic lagophthalmos in the Department of Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital, from November 2013 to December 2015, were included in this study...
August 25, 2016: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Phillip B Dauwe, Austin Hembd, Erika De La Concha-Blankenagel, Salim Saba, Charles White, Alexander Cardenas-Mejia, Shai M Rozen
BACKGROUND: Facial paralysis has a profound impact on the brow, and currently static procedures are the mainstay of treatment. The deep temporal branches of the trigeminal nerve, given their proximity to the brow, may serve as possible donor nerves for both potential innervation of a free muscle transfer in patients with prolonged facial palsy or nerve transfers in acute or subacute palsy. As such, the authors present the detailed surgical anatomy of the deep temporal nerve, assessing feasibility for both functional muscle and nerve transfers, including a proposed surgical technique...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Frank Sullivan, Fergus Daly, Ildiko Gagyor
CLINICAL QUESTION: Compared with oral corticosteroids alone, are oral antiviral drugs associated with improved outcomes when combined with oral corticosteroids in patients presenting within 72 hours of the onset of Bell palsy? BOTTOM LINE: Compared with oral corticosteroids alone, the addition of acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famcyclovir to oral corticosteroids for treatment of Bell palsy was associated with a higher proportion of people who recovered at 3- to 12-month follow-up...
August 23, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
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