Author(s): Bergman I, May M, Wessel HB, Stool SE
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Abstract We present a newborn with a unilateral complete facial palsy caused by birth trauma, and discuss the differential diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management of this common, usually benign, condition. This child made a rapid, complete, spontaneous recovery despite a severe initial injury. Surgical exploration of the facial nerve should be considered only for infants with complete paralysis, clinically and electrophysiologically, who demonstrate no improvement by 5 weeks of age.
This article was published in Laryngoscope
and referenced in Reconstructive Surgery & Anaplastology