How is seventh nerve neoplasm differentiated from 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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Symptoms associated with seventh nerve neoplasm include slowly progressive paralysis, facial hyperkinesis, severe pain, recurrent palsy, and other cranial nerve involvement. Cerebellopontine tumors may affect the seventh, eighth, and fifth cranial nerves simultaneously. Patients with a progressive paralysis of the facial nerve lasting longer than 3 weeks should be evaluated for neoplasm.


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