Bell’s Palsy: Diagnosis and Prioritization of Care
Bell’s palsy is a disorder that closely mimics the traditional signs and symptoms of stroke and other medical conditions. Registered nurses (RNs) and clinicians should become familiar with this disease and how it may present. In this article’s case study, a patient arrives at the hospital with a characteristic presentation of Bell’s palsy signs and symptoms. The suspected pathophysiology of the condition is discussed, including contradictions in research identifying a specific cause for the disease. Evidence-based treatment options for acute care and the prevention of long-term sequelae are reviewed, including corticosteroid and antiviral treatments. Familiarity with the clinical presentation, pathophysiology, treatment, and management options for Bell’s palsy patients allows RNs and providers to prioritize acute medical care while efficiently utilizing suitable resources.
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