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Any ideas why your face sags if you've had a stroke?

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry

In brief: Muscle weakness

If the stroke affects the nerve that supplies the muscles of the face, these muscles are unable to contract and become lax, just as the ones in a stroke-affected arm or leg might become.
It is this laxity of facial muscles that causes the sagging of the face.

In brief: Muscle weakness

If the stroke affects the nerve that supplies the muscles of the face, these muscles are unable to contract and become lax, just as the ones in a stroke-affected arm or leg might become.
It is this laxity of facial muscles that causes the sagging of the face.
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
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In brief: Facial muscles

The stroke may affect unilateral arm and leg strength, and could also affect function over the face, causing poor facial nerve function of a central type, which causes the lower face to sag secondary to weakness.

In brief: Facial muscles

The stroke may affect unilateral arm and leg strength, and could also affect function over the face, causing poor facial nerve function of a central type, which causes the lower face to sag secondary to weakness.
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