Early Treatment with Prednisolone or Acyclovir in Bell’s Palsy

  title={Early Treatment with Prednisolone or Acyclovir in Bell’s Palsy},
  author={Frank M. Sullivan and Iain R. C. Swan and Peter T. Donnan and Jillian M Morrison and Blair H Smith and Brian McKinstry and Richard J Davenport and Luke Vale and Janet E. Ciarkson and Vicky Hammersley and Sima Hayavi and Anne McAteer and Kevin Stewart and Fergus Daly},
  journal={Clinical Otolaryngology},
BACKGROUND Corticosteroids and antiviral agents are widely used to treat the early stages of idiopathic facial paralysis (i.e., Bell's palsy), but their effectiveness is uncertain. METHODS We conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, factorial trial involving patients with Bell's palsy who were recruited within 72 hours after the onset of symptoms. Patients were randomly assigned to receive 10 days of treatment with prednisolone, acyclovir, both agents, or placebo. The primary… 

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Prednisolone in Bell's Palsy Related to Treatment Start and Age

  • S. AxelssonT. Berg A. Stjernquist-Desatnik
  • Medicine
    Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology
  • 2011
Treating patients with Bell's palsy within 48 hours of onset of palsy resulted in significantly higher complete recovery rates and less synkinesis compared with no prednisolone, whereas patients aged younger than 40 years did not differ with respect to prednisOLone treatment.

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Patents with new onset of facial nerve paralysis give higher recovery rate by using limited dose of prednisolone and tetracosactide acetate within 3 days of onset of symptoms together with physiotherapy program.