Recent developments in Bell's palsy: Authors' response

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7474.1104 (Published 04 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1104
  1. Graeme M Weiner (Graeme.Weiner@rdehc-tr.swest.nhs.uk), consultant,
  2. N Julian Holland, specialist registrar
  1. Department of Otolaryngology, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter EX2 5DW

    EDITOR—Most patients with Bell's palsy clearly do well with or without treatment. Outside certain patient subgroups, identifying who will fare well and who won't remains impossible. Therefore if treatment is to be given, all who are eligible for treatment must be treated for the benefit of the few. Although systematic reviews do not show statistically significant benefits, they are …

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