Facial Palsy

Facial Palsy

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Introduction to Facial Palsy



Facial palsy refers to weakness in the facial muscles, which may be temporary or permanent. This condition can arise from various causes, including congenital factors, trauma, malignancies, or, most commonly, post-viral inflammation of the nerve. The physical and psychosocial impacts of facial palsy can be significant in almost all cases.

Bell’s Palsy: A Common Form of Facial Palsy



Bell’s palsy is a form of rapidly onset, inflammatory facial palsy. It typically results from viral infections, leading to nerve compression at the skull base. This condition affects between 20-30 out of 100,000 people annually. After ruling out serious conditions like stroke or malignancy, patients should begin corticosteroid treatment within 72 hours of symptom onset. If vesicles are present around the eyes, ears, face, or mouth, Ramsay Hunt syndrome should be considered, and antiviral treatment may be necessary. During the acute phase, corneal protection is crucial to prevent exposure keratitis, involving regular eye drops and night-time eye taping.

Long-Term Effects and Treatment Options



While most individuals recover, up to 30% of those with Bell’s palsy may experience lasting effects, including permanent facial muscle paralysis or synkinesis. If full recovery is not achieved within three months, it suggests more significant nerve damage, necessitating early referral for specialist treatment.

Synkinesis treatment is multimodal, involving facial physiotherapy, chemo-denervation of tight muscles using botulinum toxin, and potentially surgery. Surgical options for synkinesis include selective neurectomy or myomectomy to weaken hypertonic muscles or procedures like nerve grafting, nerve transfer, or free tissue transfer to restore function.

Progressive Facial Palsy and Malignancies



For patients with progressive facial palsy, it is essential to consider malignancies such as metastatic cutaneous carcinomas, especially in populations with high skin cancer rates like Australia. Patients presenting with facial masses or gradual onset facial weakness should be referred immediately for further investigation and management.

Why Choose Eastern Facial Palsy Specialists



At Eastern Facial Palsy Specialists, a division of Eastern Plastic Surgery, our surgeons have extensive experience in managing facial palsy. We welcome inquiries from patients and referrers, offering expert care and a comprehensive approach to treatment.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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