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July 1986

Bell's Palsy and HLA-DR: A Possible Association

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles (Drs Schwartz and Rice); and the Tissue Typing Laboratory, Department of General Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine (Dr Tiwari).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(7):753-754. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780070065014

• No association has been found between HLA-A,B, or HLA-C antigens and Bell's palsy. We performed HLA-DR typing on 30 patients with Bell's palsy. Our results suggest possible associations with HLA-DR2, -DR4, -DRW6, and -DRW7 antigens. A significant association between HLA-DR and Bell's palsy may indicate a genetic basis for susceptibility to this disease.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;112:753-754)