[Treatment of congenital facial paralysis with crossed innervation of facial nerve and electric field stimulation]

A Ysunza-Rivera, F Iñigo-Muñoz, R Drucker-Colín, F Ortiz-Monasterio, T Pesqueira
Boletín Médico del Hospital Infantil de México 1992, 49 (4): 205-9
Congenital facial palsy is a devastating deformity. At present time there are no reports of the early treatment of this disorder. The treatment may be to supply contralateral auto reinnervation to the affected muscles through a sural-facial nerve graft enhanced by electric field stimulation. The purpose of this paper is to report 5 cases of congenital facial palsy treated by a crossed sural-facial nerve graft, enhanced by electric field stimulation. One year after surgery, clinical and electrodiagnostic examinations indicate appropriate reinnervation activity in all the patients.

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