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January 1971

Bilateral Pathology in Bell's Palsy

Author Affiliations

USAF, San Antonio, Tex
From the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Medicine Section, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;93(1):55-57. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770060087010

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.