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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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Is facial nerve paralysis painful?

Is facial nerve paralysis painful?

Sometimes: Sometimes facial paralysis can have pain if it is caused by a virus. This can be called ramsey hunt syndrome. Also, many bell's palsy patients describe "pins and needles" sensation for unclear reasons. ...Read more

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Facial nerve paralysis. Is that bells?

Facial nerve paralysis. Is that bells?

Maybe: Bell's palsy is one cause of facial paralysis, but there are others. Anything involving paralysis needs to be addressed by a doctor, pronto. ...Read more

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My sister says she has facial nerve paralysis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has facial nerve paralysis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Unlikely: The most commun cause of facial nerve paralysis is bells palsy. It is a unilateral paralysis of the facial nerve of unknown origin and usually the patient recovers most function within 2 to 6 months. Sometime it can leave a permanent weakness in a part of the face or eyelid. It is not familial. Nevertheless one should get a full medical exam to rule out any serious or correctable problem. ...Read more

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How common or uncommon is facial nerve paralysis after a Cholesteatoma operation please?

How common or uncommon is facial nerve paralysis after a Cholesteatoma operation please?

Interesting: Already answered this myself a number of hours ago and saw 2 other responses from other colleagues as well...but I'll take another shot at it for BONUS POINTS! LOL. This is a rare but well known possible risk with this type of surgery. Intraoperative monitoring as well as careful surgical dissection avoids the complication. Stated statistic is about 1/500 cases result in facial nerve problem. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for facial nerve paralysis?

No really: No dependable alternative therapies exist. The cause of the paralysis is very important. A bell's palsy should probably be seen and treated by an ENT to ensure appropriate treatment (high dose steroids +/- decompression surgery). If the paralysis is complete, surgical options exists for the various problems associated with the paralysis. See a facial plastic surgeon w/ experience in this area. ...Read more

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What is the best weight for the eyelid when treating facial paralysis caused by a blood clot on facial nerve?

What is the best weight for the eyelid when treating facial paralysis caused by a blood clot on facial nerve?

It depends.: The weight for each person is different. The weight must be heavy enough to close the eye completely, but not so heavy that it causes partial eye closure when the person wants the eye open. Different weights are tested on each eye before the surgery to determine the best weight to implant. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew reeves lt sd paralysis caused by blood clot rupture on facial nerve surgically confirmed. Pushing up on forehead/brow helps nose brow lft?

Dr. Andrew reeves  lt sd paralysis caused by blood clot rupture on facial nerve surgically confirmed. Pushing up on forehead/brow helps nose brow lft?

ENT: A plastic surgeon (or an ENT surgeon with a plastic fellowship) can review your situation and determine in any kind of corrective surgery can be done to improve things. These things can really cause a lot of problems for folks. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Suffered facial palsy post craniotomy. Face appears mostly normal but when I smile or laugh my lip twitches. Is this Synkinesis or nerve irritated?

Suffered facial palsy post craniotomy. Face appears mostly normal but when I smile or laugh my lip twitches. Is this Synkinesis or nerve irritated?

Probably weakness: There's no way to know without seeing it but usually synkinesis is the yoking of the movements of the eye and mouth: when you smile you blink and vice versa but only on the damaged side. Twitching of a previously damaged area is likely residual weakness from the injury or continued irritation. Would be tough to get isolated lip irritation from a craniotomy injury. I would go with weakness ...Read more

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Bell's palsy vs. Facial nerve palsy. Different?

Bell's palsy vs. Facial nerve palsy. Different?

Often: Misdiagnosed, bell's palsy is a type of facial nerve palsy when the cause is unknown. In order for a facial nerve palsy to be correctly labelled bell's palsy, an appropriate evaluation with imaging studies needs to be done. ...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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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