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My son was born with weak facial nerves on one side thought to be his 7th nerve. We have not had much luck of how to help him. Can you help?

My son was born with weak facial nerves on one side thought to be his 7th nerve.  We have not had much luck of how to help him. Can you help?

Maybe: A typical workup for this would include an MRI of the brain and possibly a ct scan of the ear bones. A full workup (history and physical) is necessary to look for additional signs and symptoms that would lead to the diagnosis. Only after an accurate diagnosis is made can treatment options be discussed. ...Read more

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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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Can 7th nerve palsy affect speech & cause high frequency hearing loss? Have had problems entire life. No droop, just no ability to do some things

Can 7th nerve palsy affect speech & cause high frequency hearing loss?  Have had problems entire life.  No droop, just no ability to do some things

Not usually: There are 5 branches to the seventh cranial nerve. None of these will affect hearing. Congenital speech and hearing loss is usally caused by other factors. You can see a neurologist to help you answer this question. ...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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A vascular loop is noted in relation with bilateral 7th and 8the nerve complex, should I be concerned?

Perhaps coincidental: Do not be concerned if you do not have facial palsy or hearing loss, or vertigo, as this finding is more likely a non pathological issue currently. ...Read more

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Inflammation in 7th and 8th nerve in brain, causes?

Inflammation in 7th and 8th nerve in brain, causes?

Nerves: It could be a number of things like sarcoidosis, wegener's disease and others. Please work with a neurologist to figure out your disease. ...Read more

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Please interpret. Prominent aica branches extending in both auditory canals. Can be compressing 7th and 8th nerve complexes. Have vertigo and tinnitus?

Please interpret. Prominent aica branches extending in both auditory canals. Can be compressing 7th and 8th nerve complexes. Have vertigo and tinnitus?

AICA: A prominent aica is a variant of normal anatomy. The aica is the anterior inferior cerebellar artery. It can be found within the canal called the iac or internal auditory canal, which is where the facial nerve (7th) and the cochlear vestibular nerves (8th) extend from the ear to the brain. If the aica is prominent, it is large and can compress and result in tinnitus, vertigo & even hearing loss. ...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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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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