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Stroke Or Bells Palsy
...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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?
Is bell's palsy and trigeminal neuralgia similar? I suffered with bells palsy in 2012 and I'm suffering with symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia. Help?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer