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March 1970

BELL'S PALSY-Reply

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McPherson Hospital 1110 W Main St Durham, NC 27701
Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC 27706

Arch Otolaryngol. 1970;91(3):310-311. doi:10.1001/archotol.1970.00770040416023

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Abstract

To the Editor.—In our paper, we stated that when the afflicted nerve excitability threshold is 3 milliamperes (ma) above that of the unaffected side, unfavorable results can be expected. We then referred the

The Editorial Board of theArchivesinvites its readers to submit letters to the Editor, which should be written in a constructive manner. A copy of the letter will be sent to the author(s) of articles commented on, or persons otherwise mentioned, who will be invited to prepare a brief reply, to be published along with the original letter.—Ed. reader to Alford's excellent paper, "Electrodiagnostic Studies of Facial Paralysis" (Arch Otolaryng85:259 [March] 1967), in which he stated that a shift in the excitability threshold to 3 ma or more on the paralyzed side indicates degeneration, and serious consideration must be given to surgical decompression. Dr. Adour does not believe that Alford's statement backs

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