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[On the contribution of magnets in sequelae of facial paralysis. Preliminary clinical study]


This trial was designed to evaluate the efficacy of EPOREC 1 500 magnets as an adjuvant to rehabilitation following peripheral facial paralysis. Magnetotherapy is used in many other specialties, and in particular in rheumatology. The properties of repulsion between identical poles were used to decrease the effect of sequelae in the form of contractures on the facial muscles. There were two groups of 20 patients: one group with physiotherapy only and the other with standard rehabilitation together with the use of magnets. These 40 patients had facial paralysis of various origins (trauma, excision of acoustic neuroma, Bell's palsy etc). Obviously all patients had an intact nerve. It was at the time of the development of contractures that magnets could be used in terms of evaluation of their efficacy of action on syncinesiae, contractures and spasticity. Magnets were worn at night for a mean period of six months and results were assessed in terms of disappearance of eye-mouth syncinesiae, and in terms of normality of facial tone. Improvement and total recovery without sequelae were obtained far more frequently in the group which wore magnets, encouraging us to continue along these lines.


Fombeur, J. P. and Koubbi, G. and Chevalier, A. M. and Mousset, C.








Facial Paralysis/etiology/rehabilitation/*therapy Humans *Magnetics Physical Therapy Modalities


Fombeur, J P Koubbi, G Chevalier, A M Mousset, C English Abstract France Annales d'oto-laryngologie et de chirurgie cervico faciale : bulletin de la Societe d'oto-laryngologie des hopitaux de Paris Ann Otolaryngol Chir Cervicofac. 1988;105(5):397-402.


Service d'Oto-Rhino-Laryngologie, Hopital Saint-Michel, Paris.

Book title:

Ann Otolaryngol Chir Cervicofac

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