Bell's palsy and the chorda tympani nerve: a clinical and electron microscopic study.

@article{May1975BellsPA,
  title={Bell's palsy and the chorda tympani nerve: a clinical and electron microscopic study.},
  author={Mark May and W M Schlaepfer},
  journal={The Laryngoscope},
  year={1975},
  volume={85 12 pt 1},
  pages={1957-75}
}
The chorda tympani nerve plays an important role in the pathogenesis of Bell's palsy. The chorda tympani nerve is altered early in the course of the disease, perhaps before involvement of the facial nerve occurs. This was demonstrated by studying the pathophysiologic alterations of the chorda tympani nerves of 15 patients with Bell's palsy. Fifty-seven percent of the patients noted taste aberrations two days before the onset of the facial paralysis. In addition, chorda tympani nerve function… CONTINUE READING
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