What is Moebius Syndrome?
The Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills treats patients suffering from a variety of conditions that completely inhibit or partially limit facial movement. Moebius syndrome is a neurological disorder that can be present at birth that disables lateral eye movement in addition to preventing movement in other areas of the face. Dr. Azizzadeh and his team of experts utilize their vast experience and knowledge to customized treatment plans for patients who desire relief from the effects of Moebius syndrome.
Moebius Syndrome Facts
Moebius syndrome is a form of facial paralysis that can be present at birth, which involves the absence of the necessary sixth and seventh cranial nerves required for optimal and normal facial muscle function, particularly in relation to the eyes. Children with this type of congential facial paralysis often experience great difficulty controlling eye movements on the affected side and making facial expressions.
Common Moebius Syndrome Symptoms
Moebius syndrome may include:
- Difficulty controlling eye movement
- Difficulty making facial expressions
- Inability to smile
- Inability to frown
- Inability to blink
- Inability to move eyes laterally
- Inability to make ‘sucking’ mechanism
What is the Best Treatment for Moebius Syndrome?
One of the most important factors of treating younger patients dealing with Moebius syndrome is the development of a completely safe and customized treatment plan, as this will allow for the best results in regard to improved facial reanimation and symmetry. Dr. Azizzadeh needs to assess patients in person, run necessary tests, and pinpoint the exact cause of a patient’s symptoms before determining what the best treatment will be. Historically, patients would not be treated until they reached adulthood, but due to advancements in microsurgical techniques over the past decade, Dr. Azizzadeh and team of expert neurologists, ophthalmologists, and physical therapists have begun to treat children at an earlier age to help them get a head start in blending in psychosocially.
Who Should Perform Surgery for Moebius Syndrome?
Patients with Moebius syndrome or bilateral facial paralysis require gracilis muscle flaps that are attached and controlled by the masseteric nerve. The surgery can be performed on patients as early as age 5. Patients with unilateral facial paralysis can potentially be treated with a combination of masseteric to facial nerve transfer with cross facial nerve grafts or gracilis free flaps as early as age 2. Facial paralysis experts who have a deep understanding of the complex facial nerve and utilize the most cutting edge treatments available should be consulted in order to increase the possibility of the best facial reanimation outcomes.
Schedule a Consultation Regarding Moebius Syndrome With Dr. Azizzadeh Today!
If you or a loved one is suffering from Moebius syndrome, contact the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills today. Call our office at (310) 657-2203 schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, so that he begin assessing the best treatment plan to suit your individual needs and circumstances.
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