Electroneurographic facial muscle pattern in Bell's palsy.
2000 (English)In: Otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, ISSN 0194-5998, E-ISSN 1097-6817, Vol. 122, no 2, 290-297 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
To study the electroneurographic facial muscle pattern in Bell's palsy over time, electroneurographic recordings in the frontalis, orbicularis oculi, nasalis, and mentalis muscle regions were performed early (mean, day 11) and 1 and 3 months after the onset of the condition in 30 consecutive patients. The correlation between facial muscle electroneurographic recordings over time was also calculated. An additional aim was to assess whether further prognostic information could be obtained by electroneurographic recordings in more than one facial region. The recovery pattern was similar in all 4 facial regions. Initially, the correlation between the facial recordings was weak (r = 0.20-0.27), but it was improved at follow-up examinations (r = 0.33-0.65). Favorable outcome in 23 of 24 patients (96%) could have been predicted by the initial nasalis and/or mentalis recordings. The gap between patients with favorable outcome and patients with unfavorable outcome increased when the average electroneurography values were calculated from 1, 2, and 4 muscle recordings (4%, 8%, and 15%, respectively). Our results indicate that in Bell's palsy, electroneurographic examination of more than one facial muscle region may add prognostic information and that the degree of degeneration is initially different in the nerve branches.
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2000. Vol. 122, no 2, 290-297 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-153535ISI: 000085158200027PubMedID: 10652409OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-153535DiVA: diva2:417096