paralysis of one side of the face (unable to move the muscles of the face).
There is no known cause and no pain occurs.
Possible course of treatment:
the patient has to be put on oral cortisone as soon as possible. An antiviral drug
is often prescribed, but this last treatment is not helpful. 80+ percent of patients
will start to move the face within 14 - 16 days with the cortisone treatment. The
patient is followed every other day with an evaluation of the health of the nerve
by doing a nerve excitability test on the paralyzed nerve. Rarely is surgery
indicated. Protection of the eye is most important during the problem.