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My sister says she has facial nerve paralysis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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Dr. Darab Hormozi
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

The most commun cause of facial nerve paralysis is bells palsy.
It is a unilateral paralysis of the facial nerve of unknown origin and usually the patient recovers most function within 2 to 6 months. Sometime it can leave a permanent weakness in a part of the face or eyelid. It is not familial. Nevertheless one should get a full medical exam to rule out any serious or correctable problem.

In brief: Unlikely

The most commun cause of facial nerve paralysis is bells palsy.
It is a unilateral paralysis of the facial nerve of unknown origin and usually the patient recovers most function within 2 to 6 months. Sometime it can leave a permanent weakness in a part of the face or eyelid. It is not familial. Nevertheless one should get a full medical exam to rule out any serious or correctable problem.
Dr. Darab Hormozi
Dr. Darab Hormozi
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not likely but...

There are many etiologies of facial paralysis, some of which require treatment.
Some of those could be genetic, but most are not. If she has not already, she needs to make sure she sees a doctor for evaluation. She may require some x-rays or other studies, and sometimes prompt medical intervention will help return her function to normal.

In brief: Not likely but...

There are many etiologies of facial paralysis, some of which require treatment.
Some of those could be genetic, but most are not. If she has not already, she needs to make sure she sees a doctor for evaluation. She may require some x-rays or other studies, and sometimes prompt medical intervention will help return her function to normal.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Facial paralysis

This is not generally an inherited condition except for a few rare conditions and can even be present at birth.
In adults it is most commonly the result of bells palsy, tumors, trauma/ or injury.

In brief: Facial paralysis

This is not generally an inherited condition except for a few rare conditions and can even be present at birth.
In adults it is most commonly the result of bells palsy, tumors, trauma/ or injury.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: No.

Although there are some syndromes associated with facial paralysis like melkersson-rosenthal syndrome, these don't run in families.
It is not contagious.

In brief: No.

Although there are some syndromes associated with facial paralysis like melkersson-rosenthal syndrome, these don't run in families.
It is not contagious.
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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