Combination treatments for Bell palsy can provide clinical benefit Critical Summary Prepared by: Ralph Rosenblum Jr. DDS, MHA 

A Critical Summary of:

Combined corticosteroid and antiviral treatment for Bell palsy: a systematic review and meta-analysis

de Almeida JR, Al Khabori M, Guyatt GH, Witterick IJ, Lin VY, Nedzelski JM, Chen JM. JAMA. 2009;302(9):985-93

Published Date: 3/17/2010

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  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    Antiviral agents administered with corticosteroids may be of benefit in the treatment of Bell palsy.

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    Meta-analyses of 18 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) showed risk reduction of borderline significance when antiviral agents were added to corticosteroid therapy for Bell palsy.

  • Evidence Quality Rating:


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