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16 Jul 2005

Causes of Bell's Palcy
My wife has Bell's palcy for second time (after 10 years). What causes it? What can be done besides physiotherapy?
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01 Jan 0001

UB, it is presumed that swelling of the facial nerve, due to immune or viral disease, causes Bell’s palsy. The treatment of Bell’s palsy is controversial. 60% of cases recover completely without treatment, presumably because the lesion is so mild that it leads merely to a conduction block in the nerve. Considerable improvement occurs in most other cases, and only 10% of all patients are seriously dissatisfied with the outcome. Although there is not enough scientific data to prove the effectiveness of corticosteroids, most specialists use cortisone, as there is no other treatment available. Not even surgical intervention has made a difference to the outcome. Good luck.
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