Facial paralysis is the most frequent unilateral cranial nerve pathology affecting pregnant population 2 to 4 times more often than the nonpregnant population. There exists an association with preeclampsia but this has largely been overlooked. Clinicians often dismiss it for idiopathic palsy as seen in the present case. Ultrasonography revealed a 26 weeks fetus, severe bradycardia, and absent liquor.
LMN Facial Palsy in Pregnancy: An Opportunity to Predict Preeclampsia—Report and Review
Bell's Palsy | Johns Hopkins Medicine
Bell's palsy is a condition that can impact newborn children and adults. Our primary focus here is on how it impacts newborn children and pregnant women. Every year, there are cases per , Americans. This condition impacts one in every 5, people over the course of their lifetime. Bell's palsy, also known as facial palsy, is a temporary weakness in facial muscles which can cause your face to appear to droop.
Bell's palsy is not uncommon during pregnancy. An association with pre-eclampsia PE has been reported previously. Furthermore, it has even been suggested that Bell's palsy could be a predictor of PE. We report three cases illustrating various possible aspects of this association, one of them including the features of HELLP haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets syndrome.
It is fairly well accepted, however, that the small percentage of cases showing early wallerian degeneration of the nerve should be considered for surgical decompression. The earlier these are diagnosed as showing degeneration, then in all likelihood, the better the results of decompression. According to the definition of Kettel 1 , the term "Bell's palsy" is restricted to cases in which facial paralysis is the only clinical sign, and in which thorough examination fails to disclose a local cause, such as injury or infection. Bell's palsy is truly an idiopathic paralysis of the facial nerve.