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Bell's palsy

Bell's palsy: Introduction

Bell's palsy: A one sided muscle paralysis of sudden onset due to a problem with the facial nerve. See detailed information below for a list of 9 causes of Bell's palsy, Symptom Checker, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Bell's palsy:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Bell's palsy. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Bell's palsy Treatments

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Medications or substances causing Bell's palsy:

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Bell's palsy: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Bell's palsy

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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)

Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis resulting from damage to the 7th (facial) ... (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 Institute of Health)

Organs affected by Bell's palsy:

The list of organs typically affected by Bell's palsy may include, but is not limited to:

  • Face
  • Face muscle
  • Face nerve

Detailed list of causes of Bell's palsy

The list below shows some of the causes of Bell's palsy mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Bell's palsy?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Bell's palsy. Of the 9 causes of Bell's palsy that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 2 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 5 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Bell's palsy:

The following list of conditions have 'Bell's palsy' 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 Bell's palsy Based on Risk Factors

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    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Bell's palsy?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Bell's palsy, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

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    What are the alternative names for Bell's palsy:

    Idiopathic facial paralysis
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Bell's palsy:

    Medical Conditions associated with Bell's palsy:

    Facial weakness (64 causes), Facial paralysis (70 causes), Weakness (3752 causes), Paralysis symptoms (385 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes), Muscle symptoms (7251 causes), Musculoskeletal symptoms (6264 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Movement symptoms (6001 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Paralysis (325 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Sick (5751 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Bell's palsy:

    Facial symptoms (8109 causes), Facial numbness (25 causes), Smiling symptoms (88 causes), Cheek symptoms (104 causes), Cheek numbness, Paralysis (325 causes), Facial paralysis (70 causes), Facial nerve, Brain tumour (14 causes), Stroke (192 causes)

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