Facial Paralysis

Facial paralysis is a devastating disorder. It is caused when the facial nerve, which gives nerve impulses to the muscles of the face, loses function. It can present in any age and has no sex preference. Usually it presents in one part of the face , gradually or abruptly. One can notice that he or she cannot smile from one side of the mouth, or the eye on that side does not close completely and stays dry. Sometimes there is drooling from the corner of the mouth and in general, there is asymmetry and imbalance between the two sides of the face.

A patient can be born with facial paralysis or acquire this disorder secondary to trauma, infection, or following tumor removal.