African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 12, No. 4, 2012, pp. 514-517
Bioline Code: hs12087
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2012, pp. 514-517
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Pattern of facial palsy in a typical Nigerian specialist hospital|
Lamina, S & Hanif, S
Background: Data on incidence of facial palsy is generally lacking in Nigeria.
Objective: To assess six years’ incidence of facial palsy in Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital (MMSH), Kano, Nigeria.
Method: The records of patients diagnosed as facial problems between January 2000 and December 2005 were scrutinized.
Data on diagnosis, age, sex, side affected, occupation and causes were obtained.
Results: A total number of 698 patients with facial problems were recorded. Five hundred and ninety four (85%) were
diagnosed as facial palsy. Out of the diagnosed facial palsy, males (56.2%) had a higher incidence than females; 20-34 years
age group (40.3%) had a greater prevalence; the commonest cause of facial palsy was found out to be Idiopathic (39.1%) and
was most common among business men (31.6%). Right sided facial palsy (52.2%) was predominant. Incidence of facial
palsy was highest in 2003 (25.3%) and decreased from 2004.
Conclusion: It was concluded that the incidence of facial palsy was high and Bell’s palsy remains the most common causes
of facial (nerve) paralysis.
Incidence, facial palsy, Bell’s palsy, Nigeria