Volume 68, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Current literature rejects nerve release in leprous facial neuropathy and states that lesions are restricted to the peripheral zygomatic branches. Since there are approximately 500,000 patients with this disease throughout the world, we wanted to clarify the precise location of facial nerve’s affection and the benefit of neurolysis. Our study showed that in patients with leprosy, the facial nerve’s main trunk, the peripheral zygomatic branches, and all other branches were affected. Follow-up showed improvement in lagophthalmos and in misreinnervation, with no improvement in the control cohort. Nerve release improves muscle function in leprous facial neuropathy, provided surgery is performed on all affected segments. Intraoperative electroneurodiagnostics is an effective tool for detecting the most proximal site of lesion and ensuring effective surgery.


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  • Received : 28 Apr 2002
  • Accepted : 05 Aug 2002

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