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Is Early Traumatic Facial Nerve Surgery a Priority during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
As otolaryngologists are exposed to high risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection, logic and evidence-based prioritization for surgeries is essential to reduce the risk of infection amongst healthcare workers. Several clinical guidelines and surgery prioritizing recommendations have been published during the COVID-19 pandemic. They recommended the surgery in the setting of immediate facial nerve paralysis within 72 hours after trauma, but none of the previous studies in the literature suggests that the optimal timing of operation should be less than 2 weeks from injury.
Concept – M. F.; supervision – M. F.; resources – A. F. and M. H.; literature search – M. F., A. F., and M. H.; writing of the manuscript – M. H. and A. F.; critical review – M. F.
Received: 21 September 2020
Accepted: 07 December 2020
15 March 2021 (online)
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