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Year: 2021  Vol. 25   Num. 2  - Apr/Junee
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1724089
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Is Early Traumatic Facial Nerve Surgery a Priority during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Mohammad Faramarzi, Ali Faramarzi, Milad Hosseinialhashemi
Key words:
facial nerve - COVID-19 - pandemic

As otolaryngologists are exposed to high risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection, logic and evidence-based prioritization for surgeries is essential to reduce the risk of infection amongst healthcare workers. Several clinical guidelines and surgery prioritizing recommendations have been published during the COVID-19 pandemic. They recommended the surgery in the setting of immediate facial nerve paralysis within 72 hours after trauma, but none of the previous studies in the literature suggests that the optimal timing of operation should be less than 2 weeks from injury.



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