Electrodiagnostic Testing

Electrodiagnostic testing may be recommended in situations where there is no visible movement of the face. Usually, if the face has visible movement, electrical testing is not indicated and is not clinically useful for facial paralysis treatment. For patients who have a prior facial nerve injury and no movement of one side of the face, Stanford Neurologists affiliated with the Stanford Facial Nerve Center can perform specialized testing to detect electrical activity in the paralyzed muscles. This test can help forecast the likelihood of recovery and can help with making decisions about treatment.