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A Case Report of a Patient with Facial Nerve Paralysis Caused by Traumatic Temporal Bone Fracture

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2007, 17(1), pp.159-166
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

안혜림 1 Misook Shin 2

1동신대학교 목동한방병원
2부산대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

A Case Report of a Patient with Facial Nerve Paralysis Caused by Traumatic Temporal Bone Fracture Hye-Lim Ahn, O.M.D., Mi-Suk Shin, O.M.D. Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, Dong-Shin University Mok-Dong Oriental Hospital Objectives : The purpose of this study is to report that a patient with facial nerve paralysis caused by traumatic temporal bone fracture was improved by non-surgical treatment. Methods : We treated this patient with electric acupuncture, physical therapy and herbal medication. We evaluated the state of improvement by House-Brackmann facial grading scale, Yanagihara's unweighted grading system, DITI(digital infrared thermographic imaging) and EMG(electromyography). DITI was measured twice before treatment and after 25 weeks ; EMG before treatment and after 12 weeks. Results : The subject was improved in estimation by House-Brackmann facial grading scale, Yanagihara's unweighted grading system, DITI and EMG. Conclusions : Although this case was supposed to take surgical treatment, non-surgical treatment(electric acupuncture, physical therapy and herbal medication) was effective to improve many symptoms of facial nerve paralysis. We expect we can use non-surgical treatments more broadly for diseases which can be taken only by surgery with subsequent studies.

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