Intervention Review

Antiviral treatment for Bell's palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis)

  1. Ildiko Gagyor1,*,
  2. Vishnu B Madhok2,
  3. Fergus Daly3,
  4. Dhruvashree Somasundara2,
  5. Michael Sullivan4,
  6. Fiona Gammie2,
  7. Frank Sullivan5

Editorial Group: Cochrane Neuromuscular Disease Group

Published Online: 7 SEP 2015

Assessed as up-to-date: 7 OCT 2014

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001869.pub7

How to Cite

Gagyor I, Madhok VB, Daly F, Somasundara D, Sullivan M, Gammie F, Sullivan F. Antiviral treatment for Bell's palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD001869. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001869.pub7.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Göttingen, Department of General Practice/Family Medicine, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

  2. 2

    University of Dundee, Centre for Primary Care and Population Research, Division of Clinical and Population Sciences and Education, Dundee, Tayside, Scotland, UK

  3. 3

    Frontier Science (Scotland) Ltd, Kingussie, Inverness-shire, UK

  4. 4

    University of Edinburgh, School of Clinical Sciences, Edinburgh, Lothian, UK

  5. 5

    North York General Hospital, University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Toronto, ON, Canada

*Ildiko Gagyor, Department of General Practice/Family Medicine, University of Göttingen, Humboldtalle 38, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, 37073, Germany.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Withdrawn from publication for reasons stated in the review
  2. Published Online: 7 SEP 2015


Reason for Withdrawal

The review authors have requested that this systematic review be temporarily withdrawn for revision owing to potential unreliability of evidence in an included trial report (Abdelghany 2013). The review authors will remove these study results from the review and re-do the affected meta-analyses before republishing the review. Future substantive updates of the review will include Abdelghany 2013 only if investigations conclude that the trial data are reliable. To view the published versions of this article, please click the 'Other versions' tab.