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is muscle atrophy a concern with bell's palsy?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Not a major concern: The paralysis itself is of concern. The paralysed muscles will invariably atrophy due to lack of use. Once the muscles recover and start being used again they will enlarge.
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
No: The facial asymmetry is prominent due to the shape of the mouth, abnormal eye blinking, and facial postures used to overcome the weakness. Lying down, the atrophy is minimally apparent. Physical therapy with electric stimulation should help atrophy if obtained early.

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