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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can bell's palsy affect other parts of the body?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: The name bell palsy is specific to its location on the face. A person can have a neuritis with similar changes in nerve function at different body locations but would be called something different. Medical conditions are often named for the person who first published a description in a medical journal so others could be aware of it.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
No: Bell's palsy specifically refers to facial paralysis or weakness.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What parts of the body are affected by bell's palsy?

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Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Facial nerve: Bell's palsy is defined as unilateral (one side) paralysis of the seventh cranial nerve, which controls facial movement. Patients have droopy face on that side. There may also be loss of taste and more sensitive hearing on same side.

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