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Facial grading systems for patients with facial paralysis

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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 by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery looked at scores on the eFace and the Sunnybrook FGS to compared the reliability of the two scales for facial grading.

The article by Tessa A. Hadlock, M.D., of Harvard Medical School, Boston, and coauthors reviewed the medical records of 109 patients evaluated using both scales on the same day.


To read the full article, please visit the For The Media website.

(JAMA Facial Plast Surg. Published April 21, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.0025. Available pre-embargo to the media at

Editor's Note: Please see the articles for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.

Media advisory: To contact study corresponding author Tessa A. Hadlock, M.D., call Suzanne Day at 617-573-3897 or email

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