Extratemporal facial nerve injury

George L. Sternbach, Peter Rosen, Harvey W. Meislin

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Isolated traumatic facial nerve injury, frequently seen in wartime combat, may also be encountered among civilians. The clinical picture occurring as a result of such injury may be confusing because partial, or incomplete, damage to the peripheral nerve may mimic impairment of the central facial motor mechanism. In treating the patient with facial injury, life-threatening aspects of the injury must be assessed and stabilized first. Then, attention may be focused on the injured facial nerve, for which prompt surgical repair is the treatment of choice. Prior to surgery, the assessment of taste and hearing, as well as mastoid and skull x-ray films and electrodiagnostic tests are helpful in localizing the facial nerve injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-272
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American College of Emergency Physicians
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1976


  • nerve, facial, anatomy of ... trauma to

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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