Steroids + anti-virals in Bell’s palsy

By  |  September 3, 2009 | 

This meta-analysis of randomized trials of patients with Bell’s palsy found that steroid monotherapy signficantly protected patients from unsatisfactory facial recovery (RRR 0.69, CI 0.55-0.87). While anti-viral monotherapy did not appear to be beneficial, the combination of steroids with anti-virals was synergistic (RRR 0.48, CI 0.29-0.79). Anti-virals, when added to steroids, appear to benefit patients with Bell’s palsy (abstract).

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About the Author: Danielle Scheurer

Danielle Scheurer
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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