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June 1989

Gadolinium Diethylenetriaminepentaacetic Acid Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Facial Nerve Lesions

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Ann Arbor, Mich

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(6):661. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860300015003

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At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in Washington, DC, Steven J. Millen and collaborators, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, reported their clinical experience with gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging. Their report demonstrated an enhancement of the facial nerve in most cases of Bell's palsy, as has also been reported by Dr Mitchell Schwaber, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. Several clinical examples of the value of gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging in differentiating tumors of the temporal bone were also presented. It was also noted that this technique did not seem helpful in imaging of the facial nerve after temporal bone fracture.

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