Ask Well: What Causes Bell ’ s Palsy?

The facial paralysis and drooping is caused by nerve inflammation, but the cause of that inflammation “ is a question for the ages ” says one expert.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Immune System Bell's Palsy Herpes Viruses Steroids Lyme Disease Nerves and Nervous System Source Type: news

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Source: virology blog - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: This Week in Virology adaptation comparative genomics genome sequence herpes simplex virus herpes simplex virus type 2 human herpesvirus 2 minor variants myxoma virus neonatal neonate neurovirulence parallel evolution poxvirus Source Type: blogs
Authors: Wu KK, Lee MP, Lee EB, Wu JJ Abstract Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that has been associated with a significantly higher risk of herpes zoster (HZ). Several newer biologics such as secukinumab, ixekizumab, and brodalumab inhibit IL-17 and have been highly effective for treatment of psoriasis. However, adverse events related to the immunosuppressive properties of these biologics have been observed. This review aims to synthesize and evaluate the literature investigating the risk of HZ in patients treated with IL-17 inhibitors, with a focus on psoriasis patients. Clinical trials, cohort st...
Source: Journal of Dermatological Treatment - Category: Dermatology Tags: J Dermatolog Treat Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Laser denaturing of cholesteatoma matrix over fistulas measuring 5 mm or less of vestibular apparatus and the cochlea is effective at eliminating cholesteatoma, and is not associated with cochlear hearing loss or facial palsy. PMID: 30898189 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Laryngology and Otology - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: J Laryngol Otol Source Type: research
We present a case of peripheral facial palsy that developed the day after BSSRO to correct a mandibular protrusion in a 42-year-old man. Oral prednisolone was begun on the second day postoperatively, and was gradually tapered off over time. One month after operation, he had gradually recovered all movements in his right facial muscle and, after two months, had completely recovered without residual asymmetry. Possible causes of the palsy were compression of the facial nerve as a result of the insertion of a retractor around the posterior border of the ramus, and postoperative oedema. Peripheral facial palsy after BSSRO shou...
Source: British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research
Authors: Begolli Gerqari A, Ferizi M, Gerqari I Abstract Atrophoderma of Pasini and Pierini is a skin atrophy presenting as single or multiple sharply demarcated, hyperpigmented, non-indurated patches, with a slight depression of the skin, that can converge and form a confluent area with atrophy as a consequence. The condition was first described by Pasini in 1923 and subsequently by Pierini in 1936. They distinguished this form of atrophy from other diseases and conditions in which the atrophy is morphologically and clinically different. The disease was initially associated with Borrelia burgdorferi infection; how...
Source: Acta Dermatovenerologica Alpina, Panonica, et Adriatica - Category: Dermatology Tags: Acta Dermatovenerol Alp Pannonica Adriat Source Type: research
Authors: Klaric JS, Beltran TA, McClenathan BM Abstract Herpes zoster (HZ, shingles) affects individuals (60+ years) by reactivation of varicella virus from primary infection. Approximately one-third of the general population will develop HZ and are at increased risk of stroke. Our objective was describing possible associations between self-reported HZ vaccination and stroke with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System, a cross-sectional nationwide telephone survey. Non-institutionalized U.S. adults answered items concerning health risk behaviors. 2014 survey dat...
Source: Military Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Mil Med Source Type: research
Introduction: Facial synkinesis is characterised by abnormal and unintentional co-contractions of facial muscles caused by aberrant facial nerve healing, usually as a sequalae of facial palsy. The aim of this project is to propose a consensus for reporting this condition in the literature to facilitate the conduction of primary and secondary evidence studies, considering that no previous research has inquired in to this matter.Methods: A systematic literature search was performed in MEDLINE and EMBASE databases, considering all the published articles on facial synkinesis.
Source: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Ahead of Print.
Source: Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
Conditions:   Rheumatoid Arthritis;   Healthy Controls Intervention:   Biological: Shingrix Sponsor:   Region Skane Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Authors: Sekelj A, Đanić D Abstract Lyme borreliosis is a vector-borne infectious disease characterized by three disease stages. In the areas endemic for borreliosis, every acute facial palsy indicates serologic testing and implies specific approach to the disease. Th e aim of the study was to identify and confirm the value of acoustic refl ex and House-Brackman (HB) grading scale as prognostic indicators of facial palsy in neuroborreliosis. Th e study included 176 patients with acute facial palsy divided into three groups based on serologic testing: borreliosis, Bell's palsy, and facial palsy caused by herpes si...
Source: Acta Clinica Croatica - Category: General Medicine Tags: Acta Clin Croat Source Type: research
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