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May 1976

Cranial Polyneuritis and Bell Palsy

Author Affiliations

From the Facial Paralysis Research Clinic and the Department of Otolaryngology, Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center, Oakland, Calif.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(5):262-264. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780100048003

• In view of the specific nature of the clinical and neurologic findings in Bell palsy and other acute benign cranial neuritides, the neural component of cutaneous herpes simplex, the predilection of the herpesvirus for sensory nerves, and the intrinsic behavior and immunologic interreactions of the herpesvirus within ganglion cells, it is suggested that (1) the entity that has been termed "idiopathic facial paralysis" be recognized as an acute benign cranial polyneuritis; and (2) other acute benign cranial neuritides be recognized as formes frustes of Bell palsy.

(Arch Otolaryngol 102:262-264, 1976)

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