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How do I manage an acute injury to the facial nerve?

Published:October 02, 2013DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjoms.2013.09.006

      Abstract

      Paralysis of the facial nerve is a cause of considerable functional and aesthetic disfigurement. Damage to the upper trunk can result in eye complications with the risk of exposure keratitis. Numerous factors influence the therapeutic strategy: the cause of the injury, the time elapsed since injury, functional impairment, and the likelihood of recovery. We discuss the management of an acute injury to the facial nerve and focus on the surgical options.

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