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Invited Commentary
Jan/Feb 2016

A Facial Nerve Anniversary—Twelve Months of Treatment Time Saved

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016;18(1):60-61. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2015.1794

One of the worst moments in the early lives of children occurs when they awake the morning after their birthday and realize that 364 days separate them from their next birthday. The seemingly endless, yearlong wait that faces the unhappy child the day after his or her birthday is exactly the same “treatment” that we recommend to many of our patients with facial paralysis. As treating physicians, we likely fail to fully appreciate the isolation, sadness, and subtle but innumerable reminders of facial disability that fill each of those 364 days of our patients’ lives.

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