Four Most Common Causes of Facial Nerve Paralysis
Facial nerve disorders can be devastating conditions that leave patients with the inability to move parts of their face and express emotions through facial movements. There are several causes of facial nerve paralysis with four being the most common: Bell’s palsy, acoustic neuroma, parotid cancer, and temporal bone fracture. At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, facial nerve expert Dr. Azizzadeh provides facial paralysis patients with the most advanced level of care in order to help restore control of their face.
What Is Bell’s palsy?
Bell’s palsy is the leading cause of facial paralysis in the United States. While the exact cause of Bell’s palsy is unknown, it is believed to be caused by a virus that swells and shuts down the facial nerve. The onset of Bell’s palsy is sudden and most patients will experience immediate facial paralysis. It is important for those experiencing facial paralysis to be examined by a doctor as soon as possible in order to rule out other causes, since not all patients who experience facial paralysis have Bell’s palsy. The majority of Bell’s palsy patients will make a full recovery with no lasting damage. At the Facial Paralysis Institute, Dr. Azizzadeh utilizes several innovative techniques in order to treat patients with Bell’s palsy in Beverly Hills and allow patients to regain control of their facial movements.
What is an Acoustic Neuroma Tumor?
An acoustic neuroma tumor is the most common form of benign brain tumor that, while non-cancerous, can still present several medical problems. Because acoustic neuromas develop close to the facial nerve, sometimes patients experience facial paralysis after having the tumors surgically removed due to facial nerve damage during the procedure. Some patients can also develop synkinesis which can cause unwanted facial movements. In patients experiencing facial paralysis due to acoustic neuroma removal, Dr. Azizzadeh develops a treatment plan that will deliver the most ideal results for each patient.
What is Parotid Cancer?
The parotid gland is a salivary tissue in front of the ear. The facial nerve travels through the gland and as a result parotid tumors may cause facial nerve paralysis. The majority of facial nerve tumors are benign with plemorphic adenoma being the leading cause. Parotid cancers are much more likely to cause facial paralysis. The facial nerve runs through the parotid gland and a parotid gland tumor has the ability to invade or push against and surround the facial nerve if it grows. Parotid tumors are almost always treated with surgery and due to its sensitive location patients are advised to seek medical treatment from a facial nerve expert who can monitor the facial nerve during the tumor removal surgery. Parotid gland surgery is a delicate procedure due to the potential for the facial nerve to be damaged. Dr. Azizzadeh works closely with Dr. Larian and a team of salivary gland specialists in order to ensure that the risk of damaging the facial nerve during parotid gland surgery is minimized.
What Is a Temporal Bone Fracture?
A skull fracture can cause facial paralysis if it is located near the temporal lobe of the brain where the facial nerve is located. Fractured bone as a result of trauma can damage the facial nerve and cause paralysis. While swelling from trauma to the temporal lobe can be treated with steroids, direct damage to the facial nerve from a temporal bone fracture is more difficult to treat.
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