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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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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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Can bells palsy reaccure?

Can bells palsy reaccure?

Yes, but...: Bell's palsy is known as idiopathic facial paralysis. By definition, that means we don't know what caused it. All other causes of facial paralysis should be investigated first. Brain tumors, strokes, and a syndrome called melkersson- rosenthal syndrome should be evaluated for. ...Read more

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What different between paralisia facial and bell's palsy?

What different between paralisia facial and bell's palsy?

Facial paralysis: There are different types of facial paralysis, one of which is bell's palsy, as described above. Other forms of facial paralysis can occur with problems anywhere along the length of the nerve, such as with tumors or strokes. Depending upon the location of the problem, one can have partial or complete weakness of the face, such as sparing of the forehead. ...Read more

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What causes relapse of bell's palsy?

Bell palsy relapse: Mostly bad luck. Probably chronic stress and reduced immunity are factors, but it is very difficult to prove. It is well known that some people are prone to repeated episodes of bell's palsy, but this is unusual, and there are no known proven strategies to prevent these relapses. ...Read more

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Treatment for sixth nerve palsy?

Determine cause: The sixth nerve can be affected by many disorders of the nervous system. The cause must be determined. Many cases improve with time as long as the cause is not tumor or other mass. Surgery and glasses do not help. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy?

What are the treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy?

Good Rx available!!: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx & watch for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for psp patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or clozaril. Remember, response is variable, but worthwhile. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy cause lymphoma?

Can bells palsy cause lymphoma?

No, the opposite can: Bells palsy does not cause lymphoma. Infection/inflammation is the most common cause of bells's palsy. However, other condition like certain brain tumor, stroke, certain lymphoproliferative disease- like waldenstrom's etc can be presented with cranial nerve vii paralysis. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for cerebral palsy?

What's the treatment for cerebral palsy?

Supportive care: CP is a simple label for a complex collection of issues. The disorder of movement & posture is oft helped by physical & occupational therapy. Yet the child may also have vision, learning, communication, behavior & other pbs.A learned primary physician or CP clinic can coordinate the many added services needed for improved outcome. ...Read more

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Are there learning disabilities associated with mild cerebral palsy?

Are there learning disabilities associated with mild cerebral palsy?

None specific: Individuals with cerebral palsy may exhibit any number of learning disabilities due to the brain injury that caused the motor handicap. However, there is no specific LD. The effects of brain injury are individual. A child with CP should have a formal neuropsychological assessment when they are old enough to be tested. ...Read more

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Any treatment for cerebral palsy?

Supportive care: CP is a simple label for a complex collection of issues. The disorder of movement & posture is oft helped by physical & occupational therapy. Yet the child may also have vision, learning, communication, behavior & other pbs.A learned primary physician or CP clinic can coordinate the many added services needed for improved outcome. ...Read more

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What are the tests for progressive supranuclear palsy?

What are the tests for progressive supranuclear palsy?

Good History & exam!: Good history & exam are the keys. In expert hands, that is all you really need. However, a new test/imaging procedure called datscan can determine if the person is suffering from a true Dopamine degenerative state (parkinsonian sundrome) or not, it cannot destinguish b/w these parkinsonian syndromes, however! ...Read more

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What are the treatments for bell's palsy?

Several: The original kaiser studies suggested that steroid therapies might work well, and later studies suggested some benefit with thiamine. Since there is evidence that both herpes simplex and zoster may cause variations of bell's palsy, anti-virals may be used. However, even if not treated 92.5% of cases fully recover on their own after several weeks. ...Read more

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Can bell's palsy reoccur?

Yes but rare: Bell's palsy can recur but this is rare. Recurrent facial paralysis or weakness may be more commonly related to a tumor growth, infection or a nerve disorder. This should be carefully evaluated by a neurologist of ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for bell's palsy?

Yes: Bell's palsy is an exclusionary diagnosis that first needs to be verified. Treatment is geared to maintain moisture of the cornea. Treatments range according to severity of disease. Possibilities include lubrication with drops or ointment, taping the eye shut while sleeping, temporarily sewing the eye closed, placing a weight in the upper lid to aid in closure. These are just to name a few.... ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of bells palsy?

What are the possible causes of bells palsy?

Viral infection: Bell's palsy is one reason people develop facial paralysis. True bell's palsy is felt to be caused by a viral infection of the facial nerve leading to swelling of the nerve and damage to it caused by decreased blood flow. Steroids are very helpful in treating this. Some people incorrectly term facial paralysis "bell's palsy." this is not correct, you must exclude other causes of facial paralysis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for supranuclear palsy?

Brain studies: This is a term reserved for conditions that affect the connection between nuclei controlling the eye movements with the centers in the brain usually in the frontal lobes. Inability to look up is a common finding. ...Read more

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Are cerebral palsy and epilepsy related?

Are cerebral palsy and epilepsy related?

Yes: Epilepsy refers to a seizure disorder. Children with CP have a static brain injury. This can result in some cases in abnormal bursts of activity (seizures). Not every child w CP has seizures but certainly more than the general population. ...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