Delayed facial palsy after vestibular schwannoma surgery

John E. Fenton*, Ronald Y K Chin, Michel Kalamarides, Olivier Sterkers, Jean Marc Sterkers, Paul A. Fagan

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    Objective: there is a lack of uniformity in the literature of the definition of delayed facial palsy (DFP) after vestibular schwannoma surgery. The aim of this study was to attempt to provide a clear definition of this clinical entity. Methods: a prospective study was undertaken of all patients, with an intact facial nerve postoperatively, undergoing vestibular schwannoma surgery during a 16-month period. Delayed facial palsy was defined as any worsening of facial function after the initial assessment of postoperative function. Results: a total of 67 patients, operated on between February 1994 and June 1995 satisfied the requirements of the study. Eight of the 67 patients developed a worsening of facial function after the first postoperative day. There were three males and five females with an age range of 29-73 years (mean, 53 years). Conclusion: DFP should be defined as any deterioration of facial function after vestibular schwannoma surgery.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)113-116
    Number of pages4
    JournalAuris Nasus Larynx
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


    • Facial nerve paralysis
    • Surgery
    • Vestibular schwannoma

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