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Facial palsy 

Facial palsy
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Facial palsy
Author(s):

Anna Forrest-Hay

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199654093.003.0028
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date: 25 February 2020

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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