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Need expert opinions. How often is bells palsy a symptom of Lyme disease?
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
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In brief: Very rarely
Idiopathic (no cause known) bell's palsy is the presentation seen in the vast majority of patients presenting with bell's palsy.
Bell's palsy caused by lyme disease is only a small fraction of all bell's palsy and should only be attributed to lyme disease in documented cases. People presenting with bell's palsy w/out other signs suggestive of lyme disease or endemic areas, aren't to be tested 4 it.

In brief: Very rarely
Idiopathic (no cause known) bell's palsy is the presentation seen in the vast majority of patients presenting with bell's palsy.
Bell's palsy caused by lyme disease is only a small fraction of all bell's palsy and should only be attributed to lyme disease in documented cases. People presenting with bell's palsy w/out other signs suggestive of lyme disease or endemic areas, aren't to be tested 4 it.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Bell's Palsy
The cause of bell's palsy is not clear. Most cases are thought to be caused by the herpes virus that causes cold sores.

In brief: Bell's Palsy
The cause of bell's palsy is not clear. Most cases are thought to be caused by the herpes virus that causes cold sores.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Dr. William Dieck
In some area of the country Lyme disease is endemic and is the primary cause of Bell's Palsy
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