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What conditions affect the facial nerve?

Related Topics: Facial Nerve
 

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There are numerous causes of facial nerve disorder:

  • Trauma, such as birth trauma, skull base fractures, facial injuries, middle ear injuries, or surgical trauma.
  • Nervous system disease, including opercular syndrome and Millard-Gubler syndrome.
  • Infection of the ear or face, or herpes zoster of the facial nerve (Ramsey-Hunt syndrome).
  • Metabolic issues related to diabetes mellitus or pregnancy.
  • Tumors, including acoustic neuroma, schwannoma, cholesteatoma, parotid tumors, and glomus tumors.
  • Toxins,such as alcoholism or carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Bell's palsy, also known as idiopathic facial nerve paralysis.

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I was diagnosed with Bells Palsey.  About nine months ago I had the steriod injection in my spine for a ruptured disk. The news programs said people developed meningities from the spinal steroid injections.  I did not have any immediate systems from the

steriod put in my back.  But - could this new diagnosis of Bells

Palsy be related to the injections?

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