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Facial Nerve Anatomy
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
Innervation : That is best studied with an anatomy atlas...Not really in a 400-character venue like this. ...Read more
Are you a patient?: Unusual for a patient to ask this level of questions.The facial nerve lies approximately 1.0–1.5 cm deep and slightly anterior and inferior to the tip of theexternal canal cartilage (also called ‘pointer’). The nerve lies approximately 1.0 cm deep to the medial attachment of the posterior belly of the digastric muscle to the digastric groove of the mastoid bone. There are more methods. ...Read more
Facial Nerve Repair: Need more information to help with need for facial nerve repair. If you are asking this question, you need to go see an ENT surgeon. You will find the answers to your questions there. Mostly commonly, facial nerve weakness recovers after bell's palsy. This is probably due to a recent viral infection of the nerve. If function does not recover completely, rarely, surgery is performed. ...Read more
I have list the use of my facial nerve due to an operation in which a blinis tumor was removed, what can be done to improve the appearance of my face?
Ask your surgeon: There can be temporary facial weakness after tumor surgery. Ask your surgeon whether they thought the nerve was still intact at the end of your operation. If the weakness is permanent or the nerve had to be cut, then there are many things that can be done. Commonly we do surgeries to improve the closure of the eyelids, improve the smile and correct drooping of the face. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stimula face muscle: In facial nerve palsy or paralysis there is an asymmetry in the face for the paralysis of the vii cranial nerve peripherally so those muscles don't move and may get atrophied. Therapy stimulates those muscles until the nerve recovers some of its function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Arimidex is a drug that blocks the conversion of certain sex hormones to estrogen, which is useful to treat tumors that depend on estrogen to grow (such as certain estrogen-sensitive breast cancers). Nerve damage (neuropathy) is not a listed side effect, but occasional tingling feelings in the fingers can occur. Numbness in the face would be a problem with the 5th cranial nerve (not 7th, facial). ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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