What is the presentation of synkinesis in 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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Synkinesis is an abnormal contracture of the facial muscles while smiling or closing the eyes. It may be mild and result in slight movement of the mouth or chin when the patient blinks or in eye closure with smiling. Crocodile tears can be observed; patients shed tears while they eat.


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