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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 2)
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Facial Nerve Paralysis in Imo State, Nigeria

A.B. Chukuezi and J.N. Nwosu
Corresponding Author:   Anelechi Chukuezi 

Key words:  Facial paralysis, prevalence, aetiology, , , ,
Vol. 1 , (2): Page No: 39-41
Submitted Accepted Published
2009 June, 26 2009 July, 15

A retrospective study of facial nerve paralysis in two tertiary health institutions in Imo State, N igeria over a five-year period is presented. The aim was to address the aetiology and prevalence of facial nerve paralysis. There was a total of 56 cases made up of 36(64.29%) males and 20 (35.71%) females with a male: female ratio of 1.8:1. The ages ranged from 6 to 68years with a peak prevalence occurring in the age group of 21 – 30 years. Left facial nerve was affected in 60.71% of the cases while the right was involved in 39.29%. The commonest cause was Bell’s palsy 20(35.71%) while Road Traffic Accident was responsible for 14 (25.00%). The outcome of the study would be of predictive value in assessment and management of future cases.
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A.B. Chukuezi and J.N. Nwosu, 2009. Facial Nerve Paralysis in Imo State, Nigeria.  Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, 1(2): Page No: 39-41.
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