Outcomes for prednisolone = placebo in children with acute Bell's palsy (PREDICT)

Clinical Question

Does prednisolone improve outcomes in children with acute Bell's palsy?

Bottom line

In this underpowered study, prednisolone and placebo had comparable rates of recovery. Overall, most children with Bell's palsy improved without intervention. 1b-

Study design: Randomized controlled trial (double-blinded)

Funding: Government

Setting: Emergency department

Reviewer

Henry C. Barry, MD, MS
Professor
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI


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Arup Kumar Dhara

Impact assessment

Very good

Farook Noormohamed Oosman

I would have thought the…

I would have thought the opposite. Was the prednisone used early or late after onset?

Farook Noormohamed Oosman

Use of prednisone in children with Bell's palsy

Was the prednisone used early or late after onset?