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Combination treatments for Bell palsy can provide clinical benefit

Ralph Rosenblum Jr. DDS, MHA .


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

Good 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