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Ann Clin Neurophysiol > Volume 9(1); 2007 > Article
Ann Clin Neurophysiol. 2007; 9(1): 5-10.
[Original Article] Clinical Analysis of Bell's Palsy
Kyung Jib Kim, Dong Kuck Lee, and Jung Im Seok
Copyright © 2007 The Korean Society of Clinical Neurophysiology
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ABSTRACT
Background: Bell's palsy (BP) is a self-limited rapid onset facial palsy that is non-life-threatening and has a generally favorable prognosis. Facial paralysis can be caused by numerous conditions, all of which should be excluded before thediagnosis of BP is reached. The etiopathogenesis and clinical course of BP are uncertain. So we analyzed the epidemiology and clinical course of BP patients.


Methods:
The subjects include 100 cases of BP examined during the period of 18 months. Careful clinical history, neurologic examinations, laboratory tests, electrophysiologic studies, and brain imaging were performed. Follow-up examinations were done once a week during the first month and subsequently once a month until normal function was restored or for up to 3 months. Facial nerve function was assessed by House-Brackman (HB) facial nerve grading scale and electrophysiologic studies.
Results: Except 13 recurrent BP patients, we analyzed 87 BP patients. Forty-four (50.6%) were men and 43(49.4%) were women and the mean age was 51.0(
Key words: Bell's palsy, Clinical analysis
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