Nerve crush but not displacement-induced stretch of the intra-arachnoidal facial trunk promotes facial palsy after cerebellopontine angle surgery in a rat model

H. Bendella, M. Timmer, R. Goldbrunner & D.N. Angelov
Objective: Post-operative peripheral facial nerve palsy (immediate or delayed) occurs in 20–40 % of the patients with cerebellopontine angle (CPA) tumors. Since the intra-arachnoidal portion of the facial nerve is very vulnerable and even the slightest tension may result in ruptured axons,[for full text, please go to the a.m. URL]