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Doctor insights on: 12th Cranial Nerve Palsy

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Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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What is cranial nerve palsy and how can get rid of this?

What is cranial nerve palsy and how can get rid of this?

paralysis: Many different causes of cranial nerve palsies, with perhaps most common, bell's with facial nerve weakness, but also, diabetics may experience double vision from oculomotor palsy. The cranial nerves subserve the face, mouth, throat, and neck. Treatment is too variable to discuss here, but mayo clinic site does get into more detail. ...Read more

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Alternative treatments to surgical intervention to correct 3rd cranial nerve palsy?

Alternative treatments to surgical intervention to correct 3rd cranial nerve palsy?

Underlying cause?: If this is due to a pituitary adenoma, there may be medical Rx. If compression by something, surgery is probably your most realistic option. ...Read more

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Bell palsy and vertigo about 8 months ago now could vertigo and bells palsy have to do wit a tumor on the 7&8 cranial nerve sence i still have them?

Bell palsy and vertigo about 8 months ago now  could vertigo and bells palsy have to do wit a tumor on the 7&8 cranial nerve sence i still have them?

Rarely: Bell's palsy can often take a long time to resolve, and rarely can have permanent effects. In very rare cases, symptoms can be caused by a tumor, but you should consult an ENT doctor for this. ...Read more

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Can a disc herniation in the neck effect the 7th cranial nerve... Bell's palsy? I was diagnosed with bell's palsy but the neck pain is much worse.

Can a disc herniation in the neck effect the 7th cranial nerve... Bell's palsy? I was diagnosed with bell's palsy but the neck pain is much worse.

No they are not : related conditions. The cranial nerves do not emerge from the neck or cervical region therefore a disc herniation could not compress or pinch one of them. ...Read more

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At 2 weeks post op Craniotomy R side facial weakness started Surgeon said post op inflammation of 7th cranial nerve not Bell Palsy. How can they tell?

7th nerve: Bells Palsy is usually caused by a virus. Since you just had a craniotomy and your nerve was originally working most likely it is a temporary scenario caused by acute swelling surrounding the nerve. ...Read more

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About 8 months ago got bells palsy and 7 month ago got vertigo now I have synkinesis could it be a brain tumor on the 7th and 8th cranial nerve?

About 8 months ago got bells palsy and 7 month ago got vertigo now I have synkinesis could it be a brain tumor on the 7th and 8th cranial nerve?

See doc: You need to consult your doc or neurologist. Bell palsy(7th nerve) can be from an old herpes infection, trauma, compression or inflammation. Vertigo can be from ear or vestibular (brain). Synkinesis is the result from miswiring of nerves after trauma which is common after bells palsy. If your bell palsy and vertigo were resolved and just developing synkinesis then it may not be tumor. ...Read more

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What cranial nerve is supposed to be involved with "crutch paralysis" or "wrist drop"?

This is associated: With a brachial plexus injury, not a cranial nerve injury. This is usually associated with the posterior cord in the brachial plexus or radial nerve downstream, occasionally a c7/8 nerve lesion can cause this but the wrist drop is not usually as isolated. ...Read more

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What is the function of cranial nerve 11?

Cranial nerve XI: Spinal Accessory nerve, supplies the Sternocleidomastoid & Trapezius muscles. Help rotate the head & elevate shoulders. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cranial nerve and a spinal nerve?

What is the difference between a cranial nerve and a spinal nerve?

Cranial/Spinal nerve: Cranial nerves emerge from the brain. Spinal nerves are from the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Does abducent nerve decussate? If not, which cranial nerve decussate?

Does abducent nerve decussate?
If not, which cranial nerve decussate?

Trochlear nerve?: The trochlear nerve decussates as it exits from the brainstem. ...Read more

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Please help! what is third cranial nerve paresis?

Oculomotor nerve: The following can occur: a large unreactive pupil, lack of function of most of eye muscles which control movement of the eye, drooping of eyelid. ...Read more

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What is the definition of third cranial nerve paresis?

3rd CN weakness: The third cranial nerve for the motor and learn sponsorable for my opening, extra ocular muscle control. Lesions of the third cranial nerve causes drooping or ptosis of the eyelid and because of weakness of the extraocular muscles that is detected clinically as double vision. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my third cranial nerve disorder go away?

How fast can I make my third cranial nerve disorder go away?

Slowly: If you have a third nerve palsy (poor eye motion, pupillary disturbance, lid droop) then the cause should be analyzed by a neuro-ophthalmologist. The speed of recovery depends upon the cause (diabetes, trauma, tumors, vascular anomalies, infection) and many cannot recover. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Third cranial nerve disorder?

What is the definition or description of: Third cranial nerve disorder?

3rd nerve palsy: This affects eye movements - limiting movement down and in towards the nose. It also affects the pupil, meaning it doesn't constrict properly. ...Read more

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What are the results of 3rd cranial nerve damage?

What are the results of 3rd cranial nerve damage?

3rd CN: Double vision, difficulty moving eye in various directions and droopy eyelid. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with third cranial nerve disorder?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with third cranial nerve disorder?

Yes, Neurologists: Neurologists specialize in disorders of the brain and nerves, including the cranial nerves. A sudden problem with a cranial nerve should be evaluated urgently in the er. For a chronic problem, ask your primary care physician for a referral to a neurologist. ...Read more

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If a person had face lacerations what cranial nerve would be damaged?

If a person had face lacerations what cranial nerve would be damaged?

Facial or Trigeminal: You can easily have injury to the facial or trigeminal nerve with facial lacerations. Other cranial nerves can also be involved, though these are the cutaneous nerves, and more easily damaged with superficial injuries. ...Read more

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What does brain with intact symmetric 7th and 8th cranial nerve bundle complexes means?

That means normal: That is a normal finding, in particular, for the 7th and 8th cranial nerves. They must have been looking at these because of dizziness, hearing symptoms, or facial weakness. ...Read more

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Why do textbooks emphasize that an epidural hematoma would affect cniii more than any other cranial nerve?

Anatomy: It is injured due to the mass effect caused by the epidural hematoma resulting in midline shift and compression of the occulomotor nerve as the brain begins to herniate. ...Read more

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What is the difference betweens cranial nerves and neurons in the brain. Is it possible to damage a major cranial nerve?

Cranial nerves: Cranial nerves originate directly from the brain. Spinal nerves emerge from sections of the spinal cord. A nerve is made of a bundle of axons and surrounding myelin from many nerve cells (or neurons). The cranial nerves can certainly become diseased or damaged. For instance, pathology of cranial nerve vii, or the facial nerve, is known as bell's palsy. ...Read more

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Cranial nerve damage with face lacerations, what to do?

Cranial nerve damage with face lacerations, what to do?

See details: I am not sure there is anything you can do. Discuss the issue with a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can you have cranial nerve damage with face lacerations?

Can you have cranial nerve damage with face lacerations?

Yes: If a cranial nerve is injured in the face, it is usually either the trigeminal (#5) or facial (#7). Depending on where the laceration is, sometimes these nerves require repair, other times they can be left to re-sprout in the area. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more