Bell's palsy

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Bell's palsy

neuropathy of the facial nerve, resulting in paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face. The person usually has sagging on one side of the mouth, with drooling and lack of ability to whistle. Care must be taken when eating to avoid inadvertent trauma. If the eye on the affected side cannot be closed, it may become tearful and inflamed.
Bell's palsy. From McQuillan et al., 2002.

Bell's palsy is often no more than a temporary condition lasting a few days or weeks. Occasionally it may be the result of a tumor pressing on the nerve or physical trauma to the nerve. In this event, recovery will depend on the success in treating the tumor or injury. More often, however, the cause is unknown. In many cases the deformity can be reduced by plastic surgery.

Bell's palsy

A unilateral facial muscle paralysis of sudden onset, resulting from trauma, compression, or infection of the facial nerve and characterized by muscle weakness and a distorted facial expression.

Bell's palsy

Bell's paralysis, facial nerve palsy Neurology A condition affecting the 7th–facial nerve, resulting in unilateral facial paralysis; BP can be differentiated from a central–stroke deficit by inability to raise eyebrow on affected side. See Facial nerve.

Bell's palsy

Paralysis of some or all of the muscles on one side of the face, so that the corner of the mouth droops, the lower lid falls away, and the affected side of the face becomes flattened and expressionless. Many cases of Bell's palsy are due to herpes simplex virus infections. Polymerase chain reaction amplification has shown the herpes simplex virus genome in a high proportion of cases. A faster and more complete recovery can often be achieved by treatment with the anti-herpes drug aciclovir (Zovirax). The early use of steroids such as prednisolone also improves the prognosis. (Sir Charles Bell, 1774–1842, Scottish surgeon).

Bell's palsy

Facial paralysis or weakness with a sudden onset, caused by swelling or inflammation of the seventh cranial nerve, which controls the facial muscles. Disseminated Lyme disease sometimes causes Bell's palsy.
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Patient discussion about Bell's palsy

Q. What Is Bell's Palsy? A friend of mine has been told she has Bell's palsy. What happens in this disease?

A. Bell's palsy is defined as an idiopathic (from an unknown reason) unilateral facial nerve paralysis, usually self-limiting. The trademark is rapid onset of partial or complete palsy, usually in a single day.
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Q. What are the causes of bell's palsy?

A. I had it 5 years ago at age 20. All the symptoms of the above are correct not to mention the tiredness and rapid blinking of the eye from the effected side.

In my case I have just found out that I have a non milignate tumor behind my left eye which was likely to be the cause of the Bell Pausy in the first place. I encourage anyone who has symptoms or pain spanning more than 8 weeks to see their doctor and if possible request request or demand a MRI scan for peace of mind.

If pain persists get a second opinion and dont let the Dr. shrugg you off.

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References in periodicals archive ?
Increasing evidence implies that Bells palsy is caused by the latent Herpes Simplex virus being reactivated from the cranial nerve ganglion, reactivation of this presumably causes inflammation of the facial nerve.5,8,15 Murakami et al found that 11 patients of the 14 turned out to have posi-tive PCR for Herpes Simplex virus in the endoneural fluid of patients with Bell's palsy.16
Danielle, who suffers from Bells Palsy, a condition that causes the facial muscles to weaken or become paralysed triggered by trauma - feared the ordeal would cause another attack.
Bells palsy would be the consideration of a peripheral facial nerve palsy of an LMN distribution pattern of weakness without additional neurological deficit.
It appears that the average time reported in journals for resolution of Bells palsy ranges from six months to two years.