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Bell's palsy in pregnancy and the puerperium: a report of five cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21117412     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The incidence of idiopathic facial nerve palsy is higher during pregnancy and the puerperium than in nonpregnant women of childbearing age. An important association also exists between Bell's palsy and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. We describe three patients with idiopathic facial nerve palsy in pregnancy and two in the puerperium. Two of these were associated with hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. This case report illustrates the fact that Bell's palsy is common in pregnancy and in the peurperium and often associated with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
M B Fawale; M O Owolabi; O Ogunbode
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  African journal of medicine and medical sciences     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0309-3913     ISO Abbreviation:  Afr J Med Med Sci     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-01     Completed Date:  2010-12-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801013     Medline TA:  Afr J Med Med Sci     Country:  Nigeria    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  147-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Federal Medical Centre, PMB 201, Ido Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Bell Palsy / physiopathology*,  therapy
Gestational Age
Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use
Postpartum Period*
Prednisolone / therapeutic use
Pregnancy Complications / physiopathology*,  therapy
Pregnancy Outcome
Puerperal Disorders / etiology,  physiopathology*
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Glucocorticoids; 50-24-8/Prednisolone

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