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Is muscle atrophy a concern with bell's palsy?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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