Multiple sclerosis is a chronic demyelinating disease of the central nervous system which mostly affects young adults living in the northern hemisphere. It is a disease primarily found in temperate climates, being rare in the tropics and increasing in frequency with distance from the equator. Canada has one of the highest prevalence rates in the world. Three of the most frequent oro-facial symptoms include trigeminal neuralgia, trigeminal sensory neuropathy and facial palsy. Dentists should also be aware of the importance of this disease in the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of certain oro-facial lesions or conditions. This paper reviews 2 cases of multiple sclerosis, highlights its oro-facial manifestations and discusses the dental implications of the disease.
Facial palsy in multiple sclerosis
Facial palsy in multiple sclerosis.
Facial nerve abnormalities are a symptom of Multiple Sclerosis MS and can cause weakness of one side of the face, facial muscle spasm or twitching. Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs. Are facial nerve abnormalities a symptom of multiple sclerosis MS? Darshan N.
Peripheral (Seventh) Nerve Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis: A Diagnostic Dilemma – A Case Report
Multiple sclerosis presenting as Bell palsy [published online June 3, ]. Neurology Consultant. The patient had been seen in the emergency department 2 weeks prior for left-sided facial weakness and numbness of the right ear. At that time, he reported having no recent history of fever, trauma, headache, or blurring of the vision.
During the last decades, only a few cases on the association between peripheral demyelinating diseases and multiple sclerosis MS have been reported. We describe the case of a young man who was initially diagnosed with Bell's palsy, and only after performing a brain MRI was the diagnosis of MS made. We review the literature and discuss some pitfalls which may lead to missing the diagnosis of MS. Multiple sclerosis MS is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease characterized by demyelination and axonal degeneration of the central nervous system [ 1 , 2 ].