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November 1974

Decompression of the Facial Nerve in Melkersson Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Ochsner Clinic and Ochsner Foundation Hospital, New Orleans.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1974;100(5):373-374. doi:10.1001/archotol.1974.00780040385011

The treatment of Melkersson syndrome has remained controversial. A patient with bilateral recurring paralysis responded to surgical decompression of the facial nerve. It is our opinion that early surgical intervention in cases of nerve degeneration is warranted. Also, consideration should be given to prophylactic decompression of the nerve in patients with repeated episodes of facial paralysis.

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