Which patients are at increased risk for facial spasms 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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Answer

Facial spasm occurs most commonly in patients in the fifth and sixth decades of life. Sometimes the etiology is not found. The presence of progressive facial hemispasm with other cranial nerve findings indicates the possibility of a brainstem lesion.


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