2008 - Prednisolone, but not valacyclovir, reduced time to complete recovery of facial-nerve function in Bell palsy

Sommer, Doron D.; Banglawala, Sarfaraz
March 2009
ACP Journal Club;3/17/2009, Vol. 150 Issue 3, p10
Academic Journal
The article presents information on a randomized, placebo-controlled trial (RCT) which evaluated the effectiveness of prednisolone or valacyclovir in improving the recovery of facial-nerve function in patients with Bell's palsy. The trial conducted revealed that prednisolone, but not valacyclovir, reduced time to complete recovery of facial-nerve function in patients with Bell palsy. Possible causes of Bell's palsy include autoimmune processes, demyelination, and herpes simplex virus infection.


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