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Posted by: Uncle Buck | 2005/07/16

Causes of Bell's Palcy

My wife has Bell's palcy for second time (after 10 years). What causes it? What can be done besides physiotherapy?

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UB, it is presumed that swelling of the facial nerve, due to immune or viral disease, causes Bell’s palsy. The treatment of Bell’s palsy is controversial. 60% of cases recover completely without treatment, presumably because the lesion is so mild that it leads merely to a conduction block in the nerve. Considerable improvement occurs in most other cases, and only 10% of all patients are seriously dissatisfied with the outcome. Although there is not enough scientific data to prove the effectiveness of corticosteroids, most specialists use cortisone, as there is no other treatment available. Not even surgical intervention has made a difference to the outcome. Good luck.

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Posted by: Uncle Buck | 2005/07/19

Thanks for the information. We have had physiotherapy sessions every second day for 5 weeks and now changed it to once a week. Should we continue?

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Posted by: anxious | 2005/07/16

maybe she should see a neurologist.

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