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February 1972

Bell's Palsy: A Predisposition of Pregnant Women

Author Affiliations

Shreveport, La
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Confederate Memorial Medical Center, Shreveport, La. Dr. Robinson is currently with the US Air Force, Barksdale AFB, La.

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.

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