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Brain function involved in recovery of facial paralysis is different according to sex
Date:11/9/2011

of time to carry out effective direct neurotisations (connections of the muscle to nerves other that those injured).

"We have shown", pointed out Doctor Hontanilla, "that men have about a year and a half from the beginning of the facial paralysis to be able to neurotise the facial musculature itself, while women have up to four years in order to neurotise or innervate and achieve a situation where these muscles function". In short, the female population shows "a greater defence of the muscular complex as it is susceptible to being re-innervated after a longer period of time".

So, the results from the study showed that "women with between 3.5 and 5 years of complete facial paralysis achieve an acceptable mobility and symmetry of the mouth in repose and when smiling. In the long term, the post-operation evaluation shows good functional and aesthetic results, with a high degree of patient satisfaction".

The principal authors of the research concluded that while "the reanimation of facial paralysis depends on various factors - denervation (the absence of nervous connection) and the concomitant and considerably important muscular atrophy, nevertheless the sex of the patient also plays a relevant role".


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