Management of Intratemporal Facial Palsy

  • U. Fisch
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 7)


A lesion of the facial nerve producing facial palsy most commonly occurs in its intratemporal course. The recent progress of microsurgery of the temporal bone (Fisch 1973, 1976) has permitted the safe approach to the facial nerve from the internal auditory meatus to the stylomastoid foramen. Today nearly all intratemporal facial nerve lesions are accessible to surgical repair. Knowledge of this possibility is of the utmost importance to surgeons involved with the diagnosis and treatment of facial paralysis because restoration of continuity of the facial nerve should be preferred to any type of substitution operation whenever possible.


Facial Nerve Facial Palsy Facial Movement Facial Paralysis Geniculate Ganglion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Fisch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyUniversity HospitalZurichSwitzerland

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