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Bells Palsy Part 1

  1. 1. Bell’s Palsy By Lauren Viola, Andie Horan, David Na,
  2. 2. What is Bell’s Palsy? <ul><li>Temporary facial paralysis caused by damage to the 7 th cranial nerve (facial nerve) </li></ul><ul><li>Usually only one side of the face is affected and you have trouble closing your eye and producing tears, controlling drooling and movement of the mouth. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who discovered Bell’s Palsy? <ul><li>Named for Sir Charles Bell, a 19 th century surgeon </li></ul>
  4. 4. Signs and Symptoms <ul><li>Facial droop and difficulty making facial expressions </li></ul><ul><li>Pain behind or in front of your ear on the affected side </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in the amount of tears or saliva your body produces </li></ul><ul><li>Tingling around lips or eye </li></ul>
  5. 5. Signs and Symptoms <ul><li>Headache </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of taste </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty closing eye on affected side </li></ul><ul><li>Facial swellling </li></ul>
  6. 6. How Long are You Affected? <ul><li>Most people start to improve in a few weeks and completely recover in 3-6 months </li></ul><ul><li>Some people average of recovering is 6-8 weeks but continue to see symptoms and have reoccurrences throughout their life </li></ul>
  7. 7. Who Does it Affect? <ul><li>About 40,000 people in US are affected per year </li></ul><ul><li>Affects approximately 1 in 65 persons in a life time </li></ul><ul><li>More common in people of Japanese decent and young adults. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Complications <ul><li>Disfigurement from paralysis </li></ul><ul><li>Chronic Taste abnormalities </li></ul><ul><li>Spasm of eye and facial muscles </li></ul>
  9. 9. Complications <ul><li>Damage to eye or infection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corneal ulcers- erosion or open sore in the outer layer of the cornea </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Synkinesis -Involuntary movement accompanying a voluntary one </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cause of the Bell’s palsy <ul><li>Inflamation that causes pressure on the Facial Nerve, which effect the Facial Muscles. </li></ul>

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