Peripheral facial palsy: etiology, diagnosis and treatment.

  title={Peripheral facial palsy: etiology, diagnosis and treatment.},
  author={Gudrun Roob and Franz Fazekas and H. P. Hartung},
  journal={European neurology},
  volume={41 1},
Treatment options for peripheral facial palsy (PFP) are an often discussed problem in neurologic practice. Following a short description of the complex anatomy of the seventh cranial nerve we therefore review possible etiologies in the context of leading clinical signs, with idiopathic PFP or Bell's palsy (BP) being most frequent. A rather typical clinical course of BP allows to focus differential diagnostic workup predominantly on the rapid identification of treatable infections such as with… CONTINUE READING