Combined corticosteroid and antiviral treatment for Bell palsy: A systematic review and meta-analysis

John R. De Almeida, Murtadha Al Khabori, Gordon H. Guyatt, Ian J. Witterick, Vincent Y W Lin, Julian M. Nedzelski, Joseph M. Chen

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Context: New evidence has emerged regarding the use of corticosteroids and antiviral agents in Bell palsy. Objective: To estimate the association of corticosteroids and antiviral agents with the risk of unsatisfactory facial recovery in patients with Bell palsy. Data Sources: The search included MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL, PsychInfo, CINAHL, Web of Science, PAPERSFIRST, PROCEEDINGSFIRST, and PROQUEST to identify studies up to March 1, 2009. Study Selection and Data Extraction: Eligible studies were randomized controlled trials comparing treatment with either corticosteroids or antiviral agents with a control and measuring at least 1 of the following outcomes: unsatisfactory facial recovery (≥4 months), unsatisfactory short-term recovery (6 weeks to

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-993
Number of pages9
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2 2009


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