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July 1930

A SUPPORT FOR THE SUPPLEMENTARY TREATMENT OF FACIAL PARALYSIS

Author Affiliations

Cincinnati

From the Department of Anatomy (Neurology), University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;24(1):146-149. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220130149014
Abstract

In the treatment for paralysis due to involvement of motor cells of the anterior horn of the spinal cord and the peripheral nerves, orthopedic surgeons have long recognized the value of supporting the affected muscles in such a way that a position of moderate tone is maintained and the dead weight of the muscles is relieved from dragging on the blood vessels and particularly on the diseased nerve. By maintaining a position of partial contraction of the muscle by means of a support, the muscle is in the most favorable position in which to respond to the earliest and slightest impulses to contraction following regeneration. The results of such a method in many peripheral palsies are definite and often brilliant.

In the treatment for facial paralysis of the peripheral type, various supports for the involved muscles have been devised. Jaeger1 described a method of support consisting of a cap which fitted over the patient's head and which formed

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