Facial Nerve Consultation
Management of Post-Facial Paralysis Synkinesis
Facial nerve paralysis and its sequela is a complex medical issue that can be both physically and emotionally distressing. No matter where a patient presents along the continuum of their recovery or lack of recovery, a thorough assessment must be completed. This includes a detailed history of the etiology associated with the facial dysfunction and a time course of the facial dysfunction. Eliciting the patient’s perception of their facial dysfunction is imperative for evaluation and management. Then a detailed physical examination describing the facial dysfunction, such as the presence of synkinesis, and photographic documentation is key. Finally, management of the facial dysfunction with a multidisciplinary approach and patient education is optimal. Here we discuss our approach to the evaluation and early management of patients with facial nerve paralysis or other facial nerve dysfunction.
Warrington, Stephanie; MacDowell, Sara; and Hetzler, Laura, "Facial Nerve Consultation" (2021). School of Medicine Faculty Publications. 242.