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Facial Paralysis MeSH Descriptor Data 2023

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Facial Paralysis
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Scope Note
Severe or complete loss of facial muscle motor function. This condition may result from central or peripheral lesions. Damage to CNS motor pathways from the cerebral cortex to the facial nuclei in the pons leads to facial weakness that generally spares the forehead muscles. FACIAL NERVE DISEASES generally results in generalized hemifacial weakness. NEUROMUSCULAR JUNCTION DISEASES and MUSCULAR DISEASES may also cause facial paralysis or paresis.
Entry Term(s)
Facial Palsy
Facial Palsy, Lower Motor Neuron
Facial Palsy, Upper Motor Neuron
Facial Paralysis, Central
Facial Paralysis, Peripheral
Facial Paresis
Hemifacial Paralysis
Lower Motor Neuron Facial Palsy
Upper Motor Neuron Facial Palsy
NLM Classification #
WL 330
See Also
Herpes Zoster Oticus
Mobius Syndrome
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Facial Paralysis Preferred
Hemifacial Paralysis Narrower
Facial Paresis Narrower
Facial Palsy, Lower Motor Neuron Narrower
Facial Palsy, Upper Motor Neuron Narrower
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