Early treatment with prednisolone, but not acyclovir, promoted complete recovery of facial-nerve function in Bell palsy

Oczkowski, Wieslaw
March 2008
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 148 Issue 2, p3
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the placebo-controlled trial investigating whether early treatment with prednisolone or acyclovir in patients with Bell's palsy improves the chance of complete recovery of facial-nerve function. The trial was conducted in a setting of 17 hospitals in Scotland and Great Britain, with 551 patients. It concludes that in Bell's palsy patients, early treatment with prednisolone, but not acyclovir, improved the chance of complete recovery of facial-nerve function.


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