What does numbness on the side of the paralysis indicate in patients with Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP)?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Many patients report numbness on the side of the paralysis. Some authors believe that this is secondary to involvement of the trigeminal nerve, whereas other authors argue that this symptom is probably from lack of mobility of the facial muscles and not lack of sensation.


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