Evaluation and ttreatment of facial palsy in acute versus chronic otitis media - Could prognosis be altered?

Haim Gavriel*, Alex Kessler, Ronen Perez, Ephraim Eviatar

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Otologic facial palsy (FP) is a well known complication of otitis media, both acute and chronic. The purpose of this study was to compare treatment strategies and level of neural and otologic recovery in cases of FP in acute otitis media (AOM) versus chronic otitis media (COM) during a 7-year period. Materials and Methods: A consecutive cohort of 20 patients with otologic FP between the years 1994 to 2000 was evaluated retrospectively and various parameters were examined. Results: Symptoms were reported only by COM patients and one acute otitis media adult. Otologic examination was pathologic in all cases, average primary House Brackmann score was 4 in both groups and cholesteatoma was identified in three COM adults. Conservative treatment was initiated in all cases with decompression performed in four COM patients. Complete neurologic healing was observed in 30%, with better but not significant results in AOM cases. Neurologic outcome was lower than previously reported especially in the AOM group. Conclusion: No correlation was found between neurologic outcome and antibiotic treatment decision, bacteriologic studies or surgical treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-375
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of International Advanced Otology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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