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Bell's Palsy

Bell's Palsy: Introduction

Bell's Palsy: Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis resulting from damage to the 7th (facial) cranial nerve. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Bell's Palsy Information Page: NINDS) ... more about Bell's Palsy.

Bell's Palsy: A usually temporary facial nerve disorder where a part or all of the face becomes suddenly paralysed. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Bell's Palsy is available below.

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Prognosis for Bell's Palsy

Prognosis for Bell's Palsy: Good. Many improve within 2 weeks, 80% within 3 months.

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Article Excerpts about Bell's Palsy

Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis resulting from damage to the 7th (facial) cranial nerve. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Bell's Palsy Information Page: NINDS)

Definitions of Bell's Palsy:

A syndrome characterized by the acute onset of unilateral FACIAL PARALYSIS which progresses over a 2-5 day period. Weakness of the orbicularis oculi muscle and resulting incomplete eye closure may be associated with corneal injury. Pain behind the ear often precedes the onset of paralysis. This condition may be associated with HERPESVIRUS 1, HUMAN infection of the facial nerve. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p1376) - (Source - Diseases Database)

Bell's Palsy is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Bell's Palsy, or a subtype of Bell's Palsy, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Bell's Palsy as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

 

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