TEST QUESTION: BELL’S PALSY

TEST QUESTION: BELL’S PALSY


CORRECT ANSWER:

C) Facial nerve


EXPLAINATION FOR ANSWER:

Bell’s palsy involves facial paralysis and is almost always unilateral. It is rarely bilateral. Symptoms usually peak at 48 hrs. It’s usually due to some sort or trauma, inflammation, compression, or damage to the facial nerve. It’s believed that often it’s a viral illness that can causes such dysfunction to that nerve. Patients often cannot completely close one of their eyelids, they may have a unilateral facial droop, drooling, and or excess tearing in one eye. Steroids & antivirals are often used to treat this disease. Eye protection is also extremely important, as blinking is often impaired. Most see inprovement and return of function in 2 weeks, although it may take months to return to full function. Photo credit Pixabay, Reference NIH. Interesting note: Some sites will spell Bell Palsy and most Bell’s Palsy.

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