Combined antiviral-corticosteroid therapy for Bell palsy yields inconclusive benefit Critical Summary Prepared by: Lewis Lampert DDS, MA, BS 

A Critical Summary of:

The benefits of steroids versus steroids plus antivirals for treatment of Bell's palsy: a meta-analysis

Quant EC, Jeste SS, Muni RH, Cape AV, Bhussar MK, Peleg AY. BMJ. 2009;339():b3354

Published Date: 1/3/2012

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  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    There is no benefit to adding antivirals to corticosteroid therapy, versus using corticosteroids alone, in the treatment of Bell palsy.

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    A meta-analysis of the data from six randomized controlled trials showed no difference between the two treatment modalities in terms of achieving at least partial facial muscle recovery in patients with Bell palsy.

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