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Some Aspects of Facial Nerve Paralysis. Part III. Complications, Prognosis and management

MG Potgieter

Abstract


We have no test in facial paralysis to tell us the moment axonotmesis takes place, and because of this we cannot know for certain when to decompress the facial nerve. When axonotmesis sets in, complications follow in all cases to a greater or lesser degree. It should be possible to set a definite prognosis within 2 weeks after the onset of facial paralysis, and in many cases even sooner. In the prognosis of facial paralysis the aetiological and time factors involved, the completeness of paralysis, muscle tone and electrical tests are most important.

S. Afr. Med. J., 47, 100 (1973)



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