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Revista Española de Cirugía Oral y Maxilofacial

On-line version ISSN 2173-9161Print version ISSN 1130-0558


LEON-ARCILA, Miguel Evelio; BENZUR-ALALUS, David  and  ALVAREZ-JARAMILLO, Jaime. Bell's palsy: a case report. Rev Esp Cirug Oral y Maxilofac [online]. 2013, vol.35, n.4, pp.162-166. ISSN 2173-9161.

Background: Bell's palsy is one of the most common neurological disorders affecting the cranial nerves and is certainly the most common cause of facial paralysis worldwide. Bell's palsy is a sudden, unilateral, peripheral facial paresis or paralysis with no detectable cause. This syndrome of idiopathic facial paralysis was first described more than a century ago by Sir Charles Bell, yet much controversy still surrounds its aetiology and management. Objective: The objective of this report is to present a clinical case of a female patient who suffered from Bell's palsy syndrome, her management and results. Materials: A clinical case is presented of a 66-year-old female patient, who experienced weakness on the right side of his face and complained of facial droop and difficulty with facial expressions. The patient was treated with artificial tears, prednisone and an antiviral agent (acyclovir). Results: This case was handled quickly with corticoids and antiviral agent and the patient completely recovered her normal facial function. Conclusions: The treatment used was successful.

Keywords : Bell's palsy; Facial paralysis; Recurrent facial palsy.

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