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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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Could bell's palsy cause death or can a minor stroke be mistaken as bell's palsy?

Could bell's palsy cause death or can a minor stroke be mistaken as bell's palsy?

Two questions: Bell's palsy is a localized inflammation of the facial nerve and does not cause death, but a minor brainstem stroke could cause a focal facial paresis appearing similar to bell's in part at least. One can easily be distinguished from the other, by an experienced neurologist. ...Read more

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What is bells palsy?

What is bells palsy?

Facial nerve paralys: Bell's palsy is a viral infection that causes the facial nerve to no longer function. It can lead to weakness or paralysis of one side of the face. If treated early with high-dose steroids the paralysis does not last as long and the damage is not as permanent. An evaluation is important because you have to make sure other problems are not causing the paralysis. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy and myoclonus related?

Cerebral palsy and myoclonus related?

Spasticity: CP and myoclonus involve over active stretch reflexes. They are caused by release of these reflexes from higher cortical brain control. ...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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Can bell's palsy cause death or can a minor stroke be mistaken as bell's palsy? Help please?

Can bell's palsy cause death or can a minor stroke be mistaken as bell's palsy? Help please?

No: It is very unlikely for bell's palsy to cause death. Occasionally, a stroke can present as bell's palsy. Stroke usually affects only lower half of the face, while bell's classically affects entire face. This is how we often can differentiate between the two. ...Read more

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How to treat bells palsy synkinesis?

How to treat bells palsy synkinesis?

Bells palsy: Best to seek consultation with a neurologist. Depending on the cause, you may receive benefit from oral medication or pin point nerve blocking agents. ...Read more

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I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

NO: CP is not a known cause of als. And ALS is not a result of cp. We do not know the cause of als. It has never been associated with cp. ...Read more

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How do physicians diagnose bell s palsy vs stroke?

How do physicians diagnose bell s palsy vs stroke?

Scary: Yes, it can be alarming. Isolated paralysis of crania nerve 7 leading to one-sided facial paralysis is bell's palsy. Stroke rarely causes just this. There may be recent or remote history of cold sore or herpetic gingivostomatitis with bell's. ...Read more

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Do people with hemiplegic cerebral palsy have serious problems?

Do people with hemiplegic cerebral palsy have serious problems?

They can: Hemiplegic cerebral palsy is associated with a lesion on one side of the brain with a porencephalic cyst. This can have pressure and need decompression. There can be an epileptic scar with difficult seizures. There can be poor growth of the affected side of the body with scoliosis and other orthopedic problems. There can be serious learning and behavior problems. Some can be near normal. ...Read more

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Can someone with cerebral palsy walk?

Can someone with cerebral palsy walk?

Possibly: CP is a broad collection of movement disorders. Each case is unique & outcomes are variable. Early and agressive therapy and medical management of associated problems can provide a chance of upright mobility later. At some point the affected kid may let go of trying to move like others & decide s/he is too slow that way & a wheel chair or other assistive device makes life better. ...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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Is progressive supranuclear palsy a demyelinating disease?

PSP: Progressive supranuclear palsy: the disorder's long name indicates that the disease begins slowly and continues to get worse (progressive), and causes weakness (palsy) by damaging certain parts of the brain above pea-sized structures called nuclei that control eye movements (supranuclear). It is central; demyelinating conditions occur in the peripheral nervous system. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy cause a lazy eye?

No: Bell's palsy often causes a dry, irritated eye because the eyelid closure is poor or absent. It has no relationship to a lazy eye. ...Read more

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Could anesthesia cause progressive supranuclear palsy (psp)?

Could anesthesia cause progressive supranuclear palsy (psp)?

Not likely: No one knows for sure what causes it. It is a degenerative neurologic disease a little similar to Parkinson's disease in a comparable area of the brain. The cause may be genetic, viral, though no one really knows. It is very very rare. ...Read more

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Can a frontal lobe seizure imitate a stroke?

Can a frontal lobe seizure imitate a stroke?

Yes...: It is always possible that any insult, mass effect,infection or electrical imbalance that triggers seizures can manifest in a similar way, reason why it is important to get an immediate evaluation when symptoms are suggestive of any serous brain problem. ...Read more

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How does bulbar palsy relate to motor neuron diseases?

How does bulbar palsy relate to motor neuron diseases?

One of the causes: Bulbar palsy is an assortment of signs and symptoms, not the name of a precise disease. Bulbar palsy refers to impairment of function of the cranial nerves ix, x, xi and xii. Its causes are many and motor neuron disease (als) is one of them. ...Read more

Dr. John Hoffmann
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Bells Palsy (Definition)

A disorder affecting the nerve that controls movement of muscles in the face. Symptoms usually occur on only one side of the face, and may include having difficulty closing an eye, difficulty keeping food and fluids in the mouth, and ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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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