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Facial Nerve

UC San Diego Health System specializes in the treatment of facial nerve dysfunction as a result of infection, tumors, injury and congenital conditions.

Causes of facial nerve dysfunction include:

  • Viral or bacterial infection (may include shingles and otitis media)
  • Benign tumors (e.g., cholesteatomas, acoustic neuromas, facial nerve schwannomas, parotid gland neoplasms)
  • Injury (e.g., motor vehicle collisions)
  • Congenital conditions (e.g., Moebius syndrome)

Symptoms

Facial nerve disorders can cause weakness, paralysis and involuntary movement or twitching. These symptoms can be challenging to live with, affecting appearance, and impacting the ability to close the eyes, smile and speak.

Treatment

After diagnosis, the team utilizes a range of treatment options including newly developed therapies not yet available in other hospitals. To address facial nerve conditions, our team regularly makes use of:

Innovative Care

Our experts are dedicated to improving the lives of those with facial nerve disorders. This includes improving:

  • Appearance
  • Facial function
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Overall well-being
Our multidisciplinary approach provides expertise in otology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery and physical therapy. We work side-by-side with our colleagues at UC San Diego Neurological Institute.

Leading-Edge Technology

We utilize leading-edge diagnostic technology to determine the cause and type of facial nerve dysfunction. These technologies include:

  • Electrophysiological testing (e.g., electroneuronography (ENOG), electromyography (EMG)
  • Audiologic and vestibular testing
  • High resolution imaging with MRI and CT

Appointments & Referrals

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