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February 1972

Bell's Palsy: A Predisposition of Pregnant Women

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;95(2):125-129. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770080213007

Bell's palsy continues to be a perplexing disorder of unknown etiology. A study of Bell's palsy at Confederate Memorial Medical Center revealed that 20% of the patients surveyed were pregnant or in the puerperium, suggesting an increased predisposition for Bell's palsy in pregnant women. Toxemia of pregnancy may be a factor in the increased incidence of the disorder in this series. A patient with bilateral Bell's palsy during pregnancy was treated with bilateral facial nerve decompressions prior to delivery.