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Facial Paralysis

Facial paralysis is a condition affecting the muscles and nerves of the face.  The condition can be.

Acquired Facial Paralysis, or Congenital Facial Paralysis.

Acquired facial paralysis is usually the result of the following:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Brain tumor or facial tumor removal
  • Surgery for acoustic neuromas or other malformations
  • Stroke
  • Infection
  • Bell’s Palsy

Symptoms may include:

  • Drooling
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Inability to smile
  • Depression of eyebrow
  • Sagging of lower eyelids
  • Decreased tears
  • Slurred speech

Our team of physicians considers the following when diagnosing facial paralysis:

  • The cause of the paralysis
  • Degree or severity of paralysis
  • Duration of symptoms
  • Patient age
  • General state of health

Congenital Facial Paralysis

When facial paralysis is congenital, it is diagnosed as:

Mobius syndrome.  Mobius syndrome is a birth defect that results in the absence of the sixth and seventh facial cranial nerve.  These nerves control eye movements and facial expressions. A Guide to Understanding Moebius Syndrome [PDF] may be helpful for further information.
Non-Mobius syndrome forms of facial paralysis.

Congenital facial paralysis has several treatment options, including rehabilitative therapy and surgery.  A multidisciplinary approach to your facial paralysis may include specialist from:

  • Plastic surgeons
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Neurologists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Speech pathologists


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