Quality-of-life improvement after free gracilis muscle transfer for smile restoration in patients with facial paralysis.

@article{Lindsay2014QualityoflifeIA,
  title={Quality-of-life improvement after free gracilis muscle transfer for smile restoration in patients with facial paralysis.},
  author={Robin W Lindsay and Prabhat K. Bhama and Tessa A. Hadlock},
  journal={JAMA facial plastic surgery},
  year={2014},
  volume={16 6},
  pages={419-24}
}
IMPORTANCE Facial paralysis can contribute to disfigurement, psychological difficulties, and an inability to convey emotion via facial expression. In patients unable to perform a meaningful smile, free gracilis muscle transfer (FGMT) can often restore smile function. However, little is known about the impact on disease-specific quality of life. OBJECTIVE To determine quantitatively whether FGMT improves quality of life in patients with facial paralysis. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS… CONTINUE READING
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