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Facial Paralysis Symptoms and Diagnosis

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Many people suffering from facial nerve disorders do not realize that UPMC’s Facial Paralysis Center might be able to help.

Often, people think there aren't any treatments for their facial paralysis symptoms and give up. At the Facial Paralysis Center, we've treated patients from all over the world — many of whom thought they had no other options until they came to UPMC.

Our team diagnoses and treats many facial nerve conditions — including hemi-facial spasms, Bell's palsy, and synkinesis.

But, the first step toward diagnosis and treatment is making an appointment with us.

Symptoms of Facial Paralysis

Facial nerves control the muscles in the face.

Symptoms you might not see as serious, but that could be a sign of a facial nerve disorder, include:

  • Trouble smiling
  • Problems closing the eyes
  • Difficulty wrinkling the nose or moving the eyebrows
  • Inability or strain moving other parts of the face
  • Unwanted facial movements

Diagnosing Facial Nerve Disorders

Some people who come to the center for a consult, believe they know their diagnosis and just want treatment.

Facial nerve disorders are not as common as other health issues, like high blood pressure or diabetes. A general medical doctor may not see many patients who suffer from these disorders and lack experience making a proper diagnosis.

The experts at UPMC’s Facial Paralysis Center have evaluated more than 4000 patients with facial paralysis.

To make sure your diagnosis is correct, our process includes:

  • A detailed health history
  • A review of your medical records
  • X-rays

And, because we continuously strive to improve care, we give all patients the option to be part of our research database.

Make an Appointment at the UPMC Facial Paralysis Center

To make an appointment, call 412-621-0123 or 412-647-2100.

Because facial nerve problems can be emotional, feel free to bring a friend or family member for support at your first consult.

Contact Us

To schedule an evaluation please contact UPMC’s Facial Paralysis Center.

University Ear, Nose, and
Throat Specialists (Shadyside)
5200 Centre Avenue, Suite 211
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Phone: 412-621-0123 or

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