Temporal artery biopsy associated with risk of postop facial nerve damage

A study found that temporal artery biopsy resulted in a 16% incidence of postoperative facial nerve damage, which fully resolved in more than half of the affected patients.Incisions made closer to the orbital rim and brow increased the risk of postop facial nerve dysfunction, while incisions made more than 35 mm from the brow and orbital rim or above the brow produced a lower likelihood of postop brow ptosis.

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