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Face Paralysis

Facial paralysis is the total loss of voluntary muscle movement of one side of the face. It rarely includes both sides of the face.
 
 

Causes of face paralysis

  • The majority of the time Face Paralysis is caused by Bell's Palsy. Bell's Palsy is an inflammation of the facial nerves
  • A stroke can cause face paralysis as can a brain tumor.
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Lyme Disease and infections can cause face paralysis.

Diagnosis of face paralysis

  • The patient may have to undergo lyme test and blood tests.
  • An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan may also be required to check for signs related to a brain tumor or a stroke. A CT scan of the head or Electromyography (a technique of evaluating and recording the activation signal of muscles) may also be done.


  • Depending on the underlying cause of facial paralysis, the treatment will be decided. Sometimes surgery is required to repair the injured nerve. Plastic surgery is conducted to improve the appearance of the face and improve the eye's ability to see (permanent paralysis of the face). A combination of speech, occupational and physical therapy is used to enhance recovery. The facial distortion improves as time progresses, however, permanent paralysis is seen in about 20% of the cases. Older people are less likely to completely recover from this condition.

Treatment of face paralysis

  • Sometimes surgery is required to repair the injured nerve.
  • Plastic surgery is conducted to improve the appearance of the face and improve the eye's ability to see.
  • A combination of speech, occupational and physical therapy is used to enhance recovery. F

Facial distortion improves as time progresses, however, permanent paralysis is seen in about 20% of the cases. Older people are less likely to completely recover from this condition.

 
 
 
 
 
   

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05/27/2011

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