Facial Nerve Paralysis
The muscles that control the side of the face and allow us to smile, cry and wink are known as the facial nerve. Problems with the facial nerve may result in facial nerve paralysis, the most common cause being Bell's palsy. Otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat physicians) at Jefferson will effectively evaluate your condition by performing a range of tests on your hearing, balance, taste, salivation and tears, along with imaging studies to determine if there is an infection, bone fracture or other abnormality.
Rated among the best in the nation for Ear, Nose and Throat by U.S.News & World Report, our otolaryngologists will recommend the best treatment method for you, such as cortisone medication or antiviral medication. Surgical reconstructions are also available.