Idiopathic facial nerve palsy in children

K. A. Butler

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The incidence of idiopathic facial palsy in children is 2.7 to 10.1 per 100,000. Sexes are equally represented. Mean age in children is 12 years. Family history is positive in 8% to 10% of patients. Spontaneous recovery is expected within 4 to 10 weeks in 95% to 96% of children. Five percent may be left with some permanent facial muscle weakness and synkinesis. A short course of prednisone (2 mg/kg per day) is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-173
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998


  • Bell's palsy
  • Children
  • Facial nerve palsy
  • Idiopathic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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