Developing a facial paralysis can be an isolating experience but never more so than when it occurs during pregnancy. This is a time when emotions are already intense and discovering you have a facial paralysis is frightening, as many people associate it with having a stroke. If a stroke is ruled out there is often initial relief, but the patient will still need to be considered for urgent treatment within 72 hours. Support and good quality information are vital to the well-being of the person affected. It has not yet been possible to find out why the facial nerve becomes compressed; however, links have been made with viruses including herpes, influenza and respiratory tract infections as well as a depleted immune system and stress.
Pregnant teacher struck down with Bell’s palsy two days before going into labour
Bell's palsy in pregnancy: underlying HELLP syndrome or pre-eclampsia?
Facial nerve palsy, as a complication of an inferior alveolar nerve block anesthesia, is a rarely reported incident. Based on the time elapsed, from the moment of the injection to the onset of the symptoms, the paralysis could be either immediate or delayed. The pathogenesis, treatment, and results of an 8-week follow-up for a year-old patient referred to a private maxillofacial clinic are presented and discussed. The patient's previous medical history was unremarkable. On clinical examination the patient exhibited generalized weakness of the left side of her face with a flat and expressionless appearance, and she was unable to close her left eye. One day before the onset of the symptoms, the patient had visited her dentist for a routine restorative procedure on the lower left first molar and an inferior alveolar block anesthesia was administered. The patient's medical history, clinical appearance, and complete examinations led to the diagnosis of delayed facial nerve palsy.
Facial Paralysis in Pregnancy
It also affected my speech quite badly. The only cause suggested to Kirby for the alarming condition, which has stroke-like symptoms, was the bed rest she had been on for eight weeks and the stress of her pregnancy. Reassured it would not affect her babies, Kirby was sent home and asked to return the next day for an MRI scan. And my speech started to change, going all slurry, as if I was drunk. When she returned to the hospital for her MRI scan, medics told Kirby they wanted to keep her in to monitor her, before she was induced the next day.
Can I pass it along to my baby during pregnancy? What we do know is that it happens a lot in pregnant women. It affects 40, Americans per year and The study suggested extra observation for women with preeclampsia or hypertension disorders during pregnancy.