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Bell's palsy - How common is Bell's palsy?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

Bell's palsy is the most common cause of sudden weakness of the face muscles.

About 1 in 60 people have Bell's palsy at some time in their life.[7]

You're most likely to get it when you are between the ages of 15 and 40. It's less common in children under 10 years of age.[7]

It affects both men and women equally. But women who are pregnant may be more likely to get Bell's palsy.[7]


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Last Updated: October 22, 2012
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