Source:

Nursing2015

April 2006, Volume 36 Number 4 , p 8 - 8 [FREE]

Author

  • MARY BETH THIBODEAU RN

Abstract

 

If you're caring for a patient with Bell's palsy, a form of acute facial paralysis, consider the possibility that Lyme disease is the culprit. At the pediatricians' office where I work, we've seen several patients with Lyme disease who developed Bell's palsy. When the Lyme disease was treated, the Bell's palsy resolved. Anyone seeing a patient with Bell's palsy should keep this possibility in mind.

 

MARY BETH THIBODEAU, RN

 

Lowell, Mass.

 

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If you're caring for a patient with Bell's palsy, a form of acute facial paralysis, consider the possibility that Lyme disease is the culprit. At the pediatricians' office where I work, we've seen several patients with Lyme disease who developed Bell's palsy. When the Lyme disease was treated, the Bell's palsy resolved. Anyone seeing a patient with Bell's palsy should keep this possibility in mind.

MARY BETH THIBODEAU, RN

Lowell, Mass.

Send comments to Letters Editor, Nursing2006, 323 Norristown Road, Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002-2758. Or send e-mails (no attachments, please) to elowe@lww.com. Please include your name, credentials, complete mailing address, e-mail address (if applicable), and daytime phone number. Letters are edited for content, length, and grammar.