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Facial Nerve Paralysis and Disorders
Timing is of the essence for people who have facial nerve paralysis. It's critical to get the correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment to prevent further nerve damage and possibly reverse the damage that's already occurred. Here are some of the most common causes of facial nerve paralysis:
Bell's palsy occurs when a virus infects the facial nerve, leading to acute paralysis on one side of the face. While most cases of Bell's palsy go away on their own or with medication, some require surgical intervention.
Accidents that fracture the temporal bone (part of the skull near the inner ear) can injure the facial nerve and cause temporary or permanent paralysis. Nerve damage usually repairs itself, but surgery is often necessary to remove bone fragments from around the nerve.
Tumors of the ear and salivary gland can invade the facial nerve and cause paralysis that may be reversed with surgery.
With a complete history and physical — as well as additional facial nerve testing and imaging studies — we can quickly determine the cause of the paralysis and recommend the right treatment. While not all facial nerve paralysis can be completely repaired, every patient will see at least some improvement from our wide range of medical and surgical treatment options.