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Lack of facial expression

Lack of facial expression: Introduction

An absence of expression on the face is medically called "flat affect". In many cases, the face mirrors the underlying emotions, and the person has limited emotions or various emotional or psychological disorders.

Also possible are physical disorders of the face that limit the ability of the face to show emotion. For example, the partial facial paralysis from Bell's palsy may reduce a person's ability to smile....more »

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Causes of Lack of facial expression:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Lack of facial expression. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Lack of facial expression:

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Lack of facial expression: Symptom Checker

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Stories from Users for Lack of facial expression

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Diagnostic tests for Lack of facial expression:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Lack of facial expression. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Central nervous system examination, including cranial nerves looking for signs of 7th nerve palsy which may be due to brain tumor, brain stroke, brain stem stroke, brain stem tumor, multiple sclerosis, acoustic neuroma, meningioma, chronic meningitis, Bell's palsy, fracture of petrous temporal bone, otitis media, herpes zoster infection, parotid gland tumor, parotid gland sarcoidosis
    • Look for signs of Bell's palsy (7th nerve palsy of unknown cause) - e.g. unable to wrinkle forehead or close eye forcefully on affected side, unable to whistle or blow out cheeks.
    • Complete examination of the ears, nose and throat looking for rupture of ear drum, ear discharge or evidence of middle ear infection
    • If 7th nerve palsy, examine for a blister-like rash on the pharynx or external ear canal that would suggest herpes zoster (shingles) infection of the nerve
  • more tests...»

Drug interactions causing Lack of facial expression:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Lack of facial expression as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Lack of facial expression: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Lack of facial expression

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Lack of facial expression. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Organs affected by Lack of facial expression:

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Detailed list of causes of Lack of facial expression

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How Common are these Causes of Lack of facial expression?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Lack of facial expression. Of the 78 causes of Lack of facial expression that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 3 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 6 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 68 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Lack of facial expression:

The following list of conditions have 'Lack of facial expression' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Lack of facial expression Based on Risk Factors

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  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Lack of facial expression?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Lack of facial expression, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Lack of facial expression:

    Subtypes of Lack of facial expression:

    Loss of facial expression (15 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Lack of facial expression:

    Face symptoms (8109 causes), Expressions (93 causes), Smile symptoms (88 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Emotional symptoms (2080 causes), Throat symptoms (3410 causes), Respiratory symptoms (5166 causes), Mouth symptoms (6864 causes), Breathing symptoms (3381 causes), Breath symptoms (3023 causes)

    Symptoms related to Lack of facial expression:

    Smile symptoms (88 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes), Expression symptoms, Facial paralysis (70 causes), Marden-Walker Syndrome, Meningitis (160 causes), Meningococcal disease, Mobius syndrome, Moebius Syndrome, Muscular dystrophy, Hypogonadism (129 causes), Myasthenia Gravis, Möbius syndrome

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