The "uninvolved" side of the face of 18 patients with Bell's palsy was studied with electromyography and nerve conduction latency determinations. Fourteen patients demonstrated evidence of subclinical neuropathy. In the majority, the lesion appeared to be neuropractic. It is speculated that this may be one factor responsible for difficulty in utilizing studies comparing the two sides of the face to prognosticate the outcome of Bell's palsy.
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