Acta Scientific Otolaryngology (ASOL)

Research Article Volume 2 Issue 4

The Use of Steroids in the Treatment of Bell’s Palsy in Children, a Retrospective Analysis

Hasan Alansari*, Aysha Alrowaiei, Mohammed Alshehabi and Mai Nasser

Department of ENT, Bahrain Defense Force Hospital Royal Medical Services , The Kingdom of Bahrain

*Corresponding Author: Senior House Officer, Department of ENT, Bahrain Defense Force Hospital Royal Medical Services , The Kingdom of Bahrain.

Received: March 01, 2020; Published: March 20, 2020

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Abstract

Objectives: We analyzed the data of using steroid therapy in treating Bell's palsy in pediatrics patients in Bahrain Defense Force hospital, and the aim was to measure and analyze their clinical course, management, and final outcome.

Materials and Methods: A retrospective study was conducted in the Ear, Nose and Throat outpatient clinic between January 2015 and December 2018. A total of 116 patient records have been reviewed, out of which cases who presented with Bell's palsy above the age of 18 and diagnosed with facial palsy secondary to other causes such as temporal bone fractures and acute otitis media were excluded from the study.

Results: The study showed that out of the 65 patients that were included in the study, 55 patients received steroids while only 10 were managed with observation and supportive measures. In the steroid group about 49 (96.1%) patients symptoms resolved with only 2 (3.9%) still having residual facial weakness. All 10 (100%) patients achieved complete resolution of symptoms in the conservative group.

Conclusions: Using steroids to treat Bell's palsy in pediatrics patient does not seem to impact the resolution of the disease or accelerate resolution.

Keywords: Bell’s Palsy; Pediatrics; Patients

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Citation

Citation: Hasan Alansari., et al. “The Use of Steroids in the Treatment of Bell’s Palsy in Children, a Retrospective Analysis". Acta Scientific Otolaryngology 2.4 (2020): 30-32.




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