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Outcome of facial physiotherapy in patients with prolonged idiopathic facial palsy

  • G J Watson (a1), S Glover (a2), S Allen (a2) and R M Irving (a1)

Abstract

Objective:

This study investigated whether patients who remain symptomatic more than a year following idiopathic facial paralysis gain benefit from tailored facial physiotherapy.

Methods:

A two-year retrospective review was conducted of all symptomatic patients. Data collected included: age, gender, duration of symptoms, Sunnybrook facial grading system scores pre-treatment and at last visit, and duration of treatment.

Results:

The study comprised 22 patients (with a mean age of 50.5 years (range, 22–75 years)) who had been symptomatic for more than a year following idiopathic facial paralysis. The mean duration of symptoms was 45 months (range, 12–240 months). The mean duration of follow up was 10.4 months (range, 2–36 months). Prior to treatment, the mean Sunnybrook facial grading system score was 59 (standard deviation = 3.5); this had increased to 83 (standard deviation = 2.7) at the last visit, with an average improvement in score of 23 (standard deviation = 2.9). This increase was significant (p < 0.001).

Conclusion:

Tailored facial therapy can improve facial grading scores in patients who remain symptomatic for prolonged periods.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mr Glen J Watson, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK Fax: +44 121 371 4521 E-mail: glen_watson74@yahoo.co.uk

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Outcome of facial physiotherapy in patients with prolonged idiopathic facial palsy

  • G J Watson (a1), S Glover (a2), S Allen (a2) and R M Irving (a1)

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