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Facial paralysis

Facial paralysis: Introduction

Facial paralysis: Paralysis of one or both sides of the face. See detailed information below for a list of 70 causes of Facial paralysis, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Facial paralysis:

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

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Facial paralysis

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Causes of Types of Facial paralysis:

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Facial paralysis: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Facial paralysis, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Facial paralysis Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Facial paralysis may include:

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Stories from Users for Facial paralysis

Real-life user stories relating to Facial paralysis:

Message Boards for Facial paralysis

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Facial paralysis or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Facial paralysis:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Facial paralysis. 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
    • Palpate parotid gland for enlargement
    • Peripheral nervous system examination looking for paralysis or weakness of the limbs
  • more tests...»

Medications or substances causing Facial paralysis:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Facial paralysis 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.

Facial paralysis: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Facial paralysis may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Facial paralysis

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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: Facial paralysis. 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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Facial paralysis: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Facial paralysis

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Facial paralysis: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Facial paralysis: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Article Excerpts about Facial paralysis

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

Definitions of Facial paralysis:

Severe or complete loss of facial muscle motor function; this condition may result from central or peripheral lesions; damage to CNS motor pathways from the cerebral cortex to the facial nuclei in the pons leads to facial weakness that generally spares the forehead muscles; facial nerve diseases generally results in generalized hemifacial weakness; neuromuscular junction diseases and muscular diseases may also cause facial paralysis.
- (Source - CRISP)

Organs affected by Facial paralysis:

The list of organs typically affected by Facial paralysis may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Facial paralysis

The list below shows some of the causes of Facial paralysis mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Facial paralysis?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Facial paralysis. Of the 70 causes of Facial paralysis that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

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

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Facial paralysis:

The following list of conditions have 'Facial paralysis' 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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Conditions listing medical complications: Facial paralysis:

The following list of medical conditions have Facial paralysis or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. 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 Facial paralysis Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Facial paralysis based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Facial paralysis?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Facial paralysis, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

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

    Classifications of Facial paralysis:

    Subtypes of Facial paralysis:

    Bell's palsy (9 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Facial paralysis:

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

    Symptoms related to Facial paralysis:

    Face symptoms (8109 causes), Facial weakness (64 causes), Paralysis (325 causes), Expressions (93 causes), Smile symptoms (88 causes), Lack of facial expression (78 causes), Bells palsy (9 causes), Facial nerve, Brain tumour (14 causes), Stroke (192 causes), Lymes disease, Herpes zoster virus, Head trauma (8 causes), Meningitis (160 causes)

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    Medical News summaries about Facial paralysis

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Facial paralysis

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