Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2015 May 6;272(5):1259-67. Epub 2014 Nov 6.
Department of Computer Science, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany.
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Trials 2015 Aug 25;16:378. Epub 2015 Aug 25.
Department of Acupuncture, Shuguang Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, 201203, China.
Background: Although many patients with facial paralysis have obtained benefits or completely recovered after acupuncture or electroacupuncture therapy, it is still difficult to list intuitive evidence besides evaluation using neurological function scales and a few electrophysiologic data. Hence, the aim of this study is to use more intuitive and reliable detection techniques such as facial nerve magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nerve electromyography, and F waves to observe changes in the anatomic morphology of facial nerves and nerve conduction before and after applying acupuncture or electroacupuncture, and to verify their effectiveness by combining neurological function scales.
Methods/design: A total of 132 patients with Bell's palsy (grades III and IV in the House-Brackmann [HB] Facial Nerve Grading System) will be randomly divided into electroacupuncture, manual acupuncture, non-acupuncture, and medicine control groups. Read More
Radiology 2004 Feb 29;230(2):504-9. Epub 2003 Dec 29.
Department of Neurology, Division of Neuroradiology, University of Heidelberg Medical Center, Im Neuenheimer Feld 400, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
Purpose: To assess the prognostic value of quantitative analyses of region-of-interest (ROI) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data in patients with acute facial nerve palsy.
Materials And Methods: In a single-blinded study, MR images were obtained in 39 patients (32 men and seven women; age range, 18-75 years; average age, 37.9 years) with acute facial nerve palsy. Read More
Otol Neurotol 2003 Jan;24(1):118-22
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Francisco 94143-0342, USA.
Objective: To determine the clinical significance of the House-Brackmann facial nerve grading scale (HBFNGS) in the setting of differential function along the branches of the facial nerve.
Study Design: Prospective study of 38 patients with facial palsy who demonstrated differential facial function.
Setting: Tertiary referral center. Read More
Neurol Res 2016 Oct 18;38(10):851-6. Epub 2016 Jul 18.
a Faculty of Sport, Research Centre in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure , University of Porto , Porto , Portugal.
Objective: The main aim of this study was to identify the prognostic factors that contribute to complete recovery at 6 weeks and 6 months in patients with Bell's palsy.
Material And Methods: This is a prospective, longitudinal, and descriptive study that included 123 patients diagnosed with facial nerve palsy (FNP) at a hospital in Guimarães, Portugal. However, only 73 patients with Bell's palsy (BP) were included in the assessment of recovery at 6 weeks and 6 months. Read More