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Society guideline links: Bell's palsy

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John F Dashe, MD, PhD


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Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CSOHNS) and Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation (CNSF): A clinical practice guideline for the management of Bell's palsy (2014)

United States

American Academy of Neurology (AAN): Evidence-based guideline: Steroids and antivirals for Bell palsy, update (2012, reaffirmed 2014)

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF): Clinical practice guideline – Bell's palsy (2013)

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Literature review current through: Nov 2017. | This topic last updated: Sep 15, 2017.
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