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J Acupunct Res > Volume 29(6); 2012 > Article
Published online December 17, 2012.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13045/kamms.2012083   
Clinical Study on Peripheral Facial Nerve Injury
Min-jung Kim, Ji-yeon Song, Won-seok Song, Pil-kun Kim, Hee-Kyoung Ryu, Yeon-cheol Park, Byung-kwan Seo, Hyun-su Woo, Yong-hyeon Baek, Dong-suk Park
Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University
*Corresponding author.
Dong-suk Park
Tel: +82-2-440-7702   Email: dspark49@yahoo.co.kr
Abstract
Objectives : This study was performed to define clinical character of peripheral facial nerve injury.
Methods : 36 patients was identified with peripheral facial nerve injury among 1128 patients who visited the Facial Palsy Center in Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gang-dong between January 2010 and November 2011. We reviewed the medical records including gender, age, cause, symptom, period of treatment, and axonal loss.
Results : Most common cause of peripheral facial nerve injury was iatrogenic surgery, followed by direct trauma, neoplastic disorders. Patients with facial nerve injury commonly complain about facial palsy(ipsilateal or bilateral), followed by paresthesia, facial spasm, facial pain, auricular pain. Peripheral facial nerve injury group showed worse electrophysiological pattern and younger onset age compared with Bell’s palsy group. Conclusion : This study was designed for 36 patients and further studies are necessary.
Keywords: facial nerve injury, facial palsy, clinical character, EMG, axonal loss


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