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UI-led study indicates surgery is the best treatment for severe Bell's palsy paralysis

mporary cerebral spinal fluid leakage, which can be controlled with a drain.

"Deciding on surgery should be an individual decision, and a physician should at least offer that option to patients if they are potentially going to have a poor outcome," Gantz said. "I would hope that neurologists and family medicine physicians, who are the ones that see most of the facial paralysis, would recognize that there are some test strategies that can differentiate those patients who may have a poor outcome. And then, if they are in that category of poor outcome, the doctors need to send the patients to someone within two weeks, not a month or six months."

Results from the UI-led Bell's palsy investigation appear in a recent issue of The Laryngoscope.


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