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May 2012

Evaluation and Management of the Patient With Postoperative Facial Paralysis

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012;138(5):505-508. doi:10.1001/archoto.2012.632

Postoperative facial paralysis comprises a spectrum of injuries ranging from mild, temporary weakness to severe, permanent paralysis, affecting as little as one muscle group to as much as the full hemiface. Herein is presented an introductory review of iatrogenic facial paralysis, from initial evaluation and decision making to the full range of conservative and operative management.