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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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What is some basic info on superior oblique myokymia?

What is some basic info on superior oblique myokymia?

Visual disturbance: Condition presents as repeated, brief episodes of movement, shimmering or shaking of the vision of one eye, a feeling of the eye trembling, or vertical/tilted vision. Neurovascular compression of the trochlear nerve (cranial nerve 4), which controls the movement of the superior oblique muscles causes this condition. Treatment with meds or surgery. ...Read more

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Action of superior oblique eye muscle is down and out, but h test diagram show so down and in. Why the seeming discreptancy?

Action of superior oblique eye muscle is down and out, but h test diagram show so down and in. Why the seeming discreptancy?

The SO has...: Maximum depression when the lr is contracted. However its pure function is internal rotation, therefore if cn 4 were out only the so would be out. This would eliminate internal rotation that could not be compensated by medial rectus and inferior rectus. ...Read more

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How long does bruising to the superior oblique eye muscle take to heal?

How long does bruising to the superior oblique eye muscle take to heal?

Varies: Superior oblique muscle bruising is an ophthalmic diagnosis, therefore your eye doctor that diagnosed it; is best to ask. Superior oblique can get scarring and cause brown syndrome with double vision that is hard to treat. Must consult a local ophthalmologist on this. ...Read more

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Can bell's palsy reoccur?

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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How common is bell's palsy?

Not very: Bells palsy is not as uncommon as is generally believed. Worldwide statistics set the frequency at just over .02% of the population (with geographical variations). In human terms this is 1 of every 5000 people over the course of a lifetime and 40, 000 americans every year. (courtesy of the bells palsy web site). ...Read more

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How can I treat bell's palsy?

Couple of ways: Treatments for bell's palsy include ensuring protection for your eyes [make sure that they are kept moist and protected]. Sometimes physicians will prescribe steroids [to reduce possible swelling] or antivirals [if it is suspected that the bell's palsy was triggered by a virus]. If you suspect that you have bell's palsy, see your doctor to determine the right course of treatment. ...Read more

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How does bell's palsy progress?

Variable: The course of bell's palsy varies from person to person. It is thought to be due to a viral infection that causes swelling in the facial nerve and leads to weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. This can occur over the course of hours or days. Fortunately, most people recover normal facial function but this can be permanent. ...Read more

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How likely is bell's palsy to recur?

Depends: A recurrence is more likley if you become pregnant, develop diabetes, or are under significant emotional stress. Complete remission is likely if your symptoms resolved within 2 weeks of onset or if the episode occurred in children under 10 years old. ...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