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Belle's palsy

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
Eman M Khedr, Gharib Fawi, Mohammed Abd-Allah Abbas, Noha Abo El-Fetoh, Ahmed F Zaki, Ayman Gamea, Ghada Al Attar
BACKGROUND: Few epidemiological studies of the prevalence of neuromuscular disorders have been undertaken. The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of the most common types of neuromuscular disorders in Qena governorate/Egypt. METHODS: A random sample was taken from 11 districts, involving 9303 inhabitants with 57.3% urban residents and 42.7% rural residence. Patients were diagnosed using a screening questionnaire for the diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders...
October 17, 2016: Neurological Research
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
Carlito Lagman, Winward Choy, Seung J Lee, Lawrance K Chung, Timothy T Bui, Isaac Yang, Howard W Goldman
This case report illustrates the potential fallacy of attributing a patient's symptoms to an incidental finding. Serial imaging of small, asymptomatic cerebellopontine angle (CPA) lipomas is favored. It is imperative to accurately diagnose CPA lipoma on imaging and differentiate it from more common CPA lesions. We herein present a patient with symptoms consistent with Bell's palsy and an incidental finding of a CPA lipoma. Additionally, we performed a review of the literature for case reports of patients presenting with facial symptoms and diagnosed with a CPA lipoma...
August 24, 2016: Curēus
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
Katherine A Benfer, Kelly A Weir, Kristie L Bell, Baitun Nahar, Robert S Ware, Peter S W Davies, Roslyn N Boyd
PURPOSE: There is paucity of research investigating oropharyngeal dysphagia (OPD) in young children with cerebral palsy (CP), and most studies explore OPD in high-resource countries. This study aimed at determining the proportion and severity of OPD in preschool children with CP in Bangladesh, compared to Australia. METHOD: Cross-sectional, comparison of two cohorts. Two hundred and eleven children with CP aged 18-36 months, 81 in Bangladesh (mean = 27.6 months, 61...
September 26, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Piyapa Keawutan, Kristie L Bell, Stina Oftedal, Peter S W Davies, Roslyn N Boyd
PURPOSE: To derive and validate triaxial accelerometer cut-points in children with cerebral palsy (CP) and compare these with previously established cut-points in children with typical development. METHODS: Eighty-four children with CP aged 4 to 5 years wore the ActiGraph during a play-based gross motor function measure assessment that was video-taped for direct observation. Receiver operating characteristic and Bland-Altman plots were used for analyses. RESULTS: The ActiGraph had good classification accuracy in Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels III and V and fair classification accuracy in GMFCS levels I, II, and IV...
2016: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Uwe Wollina, Alberto Goldman
Botulinum toxin A and soft tissue fillers are cornerstones of facial rejuvenation procedures. They can also be of benefit in facial rehabilitation. We report on three female patients who were treated with botulinum toxin A and/or hyaluronic acid-based fillers, one after orthognathic surgery, two after Bell's palsy, to correct facial asymmetries and loss of volume to restore facial attractiveness and improve their self-esteem and quality of life. These minimally invasive procedures are safe and effective. However, they need to be repeated for the long-term rehabilitation...
September 15, 2016: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
J M Meyers, C M Bann, B J Stoll, C T D'Angio, E F Bell, A F Duncan, R Guillet
OBJECTIVE: To compare neurodevelopmental outcomes in postnatal growth-restricted infants born <29 weeks with and without postnatal head-sparing (PHS). STUDY DESIGN: We analyzed developmental outcomes at 2 years of age among postnatally growth-restricted infants with and without head-sparing. The primary outcome was Bayley III cognitive composite score; secondary outcomes included Bayley III motor composite score, moderate/severe cerebral palsy, gross motor functional classification scale level⩾2, and presence or absence of neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI)...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
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
Chul Won Yang, Sang Hoon Kim, Seung Geun Yeo, Moon Suh Park, Jae Yong Byun
CONCLUSION: oVEMP could be a useful tool for predicting the prognosis of Bell's palsy comparable to ENoG and H-B grade. OBJECTIVES: Several previous studies have reported cases of Bell's palsy with vestibular function disorder. The basic hypothesis behind this effect lies in the close proximity of the vestibular and facial nerves in the internal auditory canal (IAC). Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between Bell's palsy prognosis and ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (oVEMPs)...
September 9, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Stina Oftedal, Peter S W Davies, Roslyn N Boyd, Richard D Stevenson, Robert S Ware, Piyapa Keawutan, Katherine A Benfer, Kristie L Bell
OBJECTIVES: To describe the longitudinal relationship between height-for-age z score (HZ), growth velocity z score, energy intake, habitual physical activity (HPA), and sedentary time across Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels I to V in preschoolers with cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS: Children with CP (n = 175 [109 (62.2%) boys]; mean recruitment age 2 years, 10 months [SD 11 months]; GMFCS I = 83 [47.2%], II = 21 [11.9%], III = 28 [15.9%], IV = 19 [10...
September 7, 2016: Pediatrics
Mark T Mackay, Adriana Yock-Corrales, Leonid Churilov, Paul Monagle, Geoffrey A Donnan, Franz E Babl
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clinical identification of stroke in the pediatric emergency department is critical for improving access to hyperacute therapies. We identified key clinical features associated with childhood stroke or transient ischemic attack compared with mimics. METHODS: Two hundred and eighty consecutive children presenting to the emergency department with mimics, prospectively recruited over 18 months from 2009 to 2010, were compared with 102 children with stroke or transient ischemic attack, prospectively/retrospectively recruited from 2003 to 2010...
October 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Nate Jowett, Robert A Gaudin, Caroline A Banks, Tessa A Hadlock
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether differences in long-term facial function outcomes following acute Lyme disease-associated facial palsy (LDFP) exist between patients who received antibiotic monotherapy (MT); dual therapy (DT) with antibiotics and corticosteroids; and triple therapy (TT) with antibiotics, corticosteroids, and antivirals. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. METHODS: All patients with a prior diagnosis of unilateral LDFP who presented to our center between 2002 and 2015 were retrospectively assessed for inclusion...
September 6, 2016: Laryngoscope
Myung Woo Kim, Nam Gyu Ryu, Byung Woo Lim, Jin Kim
PURPOSE: For the exposure of the labyrinthine segment of the facial nerve, transmastoid approach is not usually considered due to being situated behind the superior semicircular canal. To obtain a better view and bigger field for manipulation in the peri-geniculate area during facial nerve decompression, retraction of temporal lobe after bony removal of tegmen mastoideum was designed via transmastoid approach. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifteen patients with traumatic facial paralysis [House-Brackmann (HB) grade IV-VI], 3 patients with Bell's palsy (HB grade V-VI), and 2 patients with herpes zoster oticus (HB grade V-VI) underwent facial nerve decompression surgery between January 2008 and July 2014...
November 2016: Yonsei Medical Journal
Ujwala R Newadkar, Lalit Chaudhari, Yogita K Khalekar
Facial paralysis is one of the common problem leading to facial deformation. Bell's palsy (BP) is defined as a lower motor neuron palsy of acute onset and idiopathic origin. BP is regarded as a benign common neurological disorder of unknown cause. It has an acute onset and is almost always a mononeuritis. The facial nerve is a mixed cranial nerve with a predominant motor component, which supplies all muscles concerned with unilateral facial expression. Knowledge of its course is vital for anatomic localization and clinical correlation...
July 2016: North American Journal of Medical Sciences
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
Ferdi Yavuz, Bayram Kelle, Birol Balaban
This report describes the case of a 42-y-old man with a type of facial nerve palsy of the lower motor neurons (LMNs) on the right side, who was treated with neural therapy. After exposure to cold weather, the patient had suddenly developed difficulty in closing his right eye and a deviation to the left in the angle of his mouth. He had no previous medical illness and had no history of trauma, smoking, alcohol intake, or blood transfusion.
June 2016: Integrative Medicine
Danila de Oliveira, Pedro Henrique Silva Gomes-Ferreira, Leandro Carlos Carrasco, Ciro Borges Duailibe de Deus, Idelmo Rangel Garcia-Júnior, Leonardo Perez Faverani
The excessive unilateral tearing as a result of gustatory stimuli is a characteristic of crocodile tears syndromes. The aim of this study is to report 2 cases of Frey and crocodile tears syndromes, considering diagnosis, monitoring, and selection of appropriate treatment. A 74-year-old female patient presented with a history of Bell palsy, tearing on left eye at the moment of chewing, and absence of pain. The patient opted only for periodic case monitoring because the symptoms presented by the syndrome did not bother her, which made any invasive procedure unnecessary, and with the closed diagnosis she may be reassured and really know what was happening to her...
October 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
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