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Bell Palsy (cont.)

Bell's Palsy Diagnosis

Your symptoms and the physical examination by your doctor is often the most important part in making a diagnosis of Bell's palsy.

Often no tests are needed for adequate diagnosis. If X-rays are taken, however, most likely a CT scan or MRI of your head will be performed. This X-ray is only necessary if your doctor suspects a stroke, tumor, or other serious neurological disease as a cause of your symptoms.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/25/2013
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Bell palsy, more appropriately known as idiopathic facial paralysis (IFP), is believed to be a virally mediated cranial neuritis affecting the facial nerve due to reactivation of the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

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