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May 1965

Facial Paralysis Complicating Skull Trauma

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;81(5):518-522. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00750050531020

SURVEYING the cases of facial paralysis treated in our department since 1950, I found some very encouraging facts. A total of 440 operations is put together in Table 1.

From our data it follows that physicians— family physicians as well as neurologists—have become much more "facial nerve minded" and have gained more faith in operative treatment of patients suffering from this ailment. This is proved by some comparative data from the period 1950-1960 and from that between 1960 and 1964 (Table 2).

The difference is still more evident in postoperative cases (Table 3).

But in cases of facial paralysis after trauma to the skull, the difference is really amazing (Table 4).

In my opinion this not only proves that physicians treating fresh cases of facial paralysis are beginning to see that an early surgical treatment may be beneficial for their patients and that surgical treatment is not only a last