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Facial palsy 

Facial palsy
Facial palsy

Anna Forrest-Hay

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date: 19 May 2022

This chapter provides a discussion of the specific challenges facing the emergency physician when dealing with a patient with unilateral facial weakness. The importance of a comprehensive clinical examination including a full ENT examination is discussed. Red flag signs are presented that would suggest a serious central cause.

It examines the evidence base for three key clinical questions; the use of steroids in facial palsy; the use of anti-viral agents in facial palsy; and methods to reduce damage to the eye in facial palsy.

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