A paralysed face...

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  • Sunday, 23 Apr 2006

MY friend recently had a very frightening experience. One side of his face, including his mouth, was suddenly paralysed. He thought he was having a stroke, but when he was rushed to the hospital, they diagnosed the condition as Bell’s palsy? What is Bell’s palsy?  

Bell’s palsy is a condition that is caused by trauma to the 7th cranial nerve, which innervates the facial muscles. There are two 7th cranial nerves, one on your left side and right side. One out of every 5,000 people will get it. Bell’s palsy affects either the right side or left side, and men and women equally.  

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