Researchers develop new facial grading system for patients with facial paralysis

April 21, 2016
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HadlockTessaResearchers from the Facial Nerve Center at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School have introduced a new electronic facial measurement scale to quantify improvements in patients with facial paralysis.


BOSTON – When patients have facial paralysis, many rehabilitation specialists and facial reanimation surgeons use the time-tested Sunnybrook Facial Grading System (FGS) to measure and look for changes in facial function. A new electronic and digitally graded facial measurement scale called eFace was recently created to provide similar information to the Sunnybrook FGS.

A new article published online today in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery looked at scores on the eFace and the Sunnybrook FGS to compare the reliability of the two scales for facial grading.

The article by Tessa A. Hadlock, M.D. (in photo), Director of the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division of Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, and coauthors reviewed the medical records of 109 patients evaluated using both scales on the same day.

To hear Dr. Hadlock discuss the findings from the paper, an author audio interview is available.

Authors on the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery paper include last author Tessa A. Hadlock, M.D., first author Robert A. Gaudin, M.D., Mara Robinson, PT, Caroline A. Banks, M.D., Jennifer Baiungo, PT, and Nate Jowett, M.D., of the Facial Nerve Center at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. 

Information for this release was provided by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.


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