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Bell Palsy (cont.)

Bell's Palsy Prognosis

Bell's palsy usually goes away by itself without treatment. Most people begin recovery in 2 to 3 weeks, with 70% to 85% of people showing complete recovery in 2 to 3 months. There is a 10% recurrence rate. Those who are at a higher risk of not getting completely better are often older and those who have a slow recovery from symptoms.

Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

REFERENCE:

"Bell's palsy: Prognosis and treatment in adults"
UptoDate.com

"Bell's palsy: Pathogenesis, clinical features, and diagnosis in adults"
UptoDate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/12/2015
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