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Combined antiviral-corticosteroid therapy for Bell palsy yields inconclusive benefit

Lewis Lampert DDS, MA, BS .


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.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019