Bells Palsy Essay

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Bell's Palsy A. What structure(s) become abnormal in this pathology (name specific cell types and chemicals and/or parts of the nervous system)? The facial muscles in the body become abnormal in this pathology. Bell's Palsy will cause the facial muscles to weaken or become paralyzed. It's caused by trauma to the 7th cranial nerve, and is not a permanent effect. The majority of patients will recover in just a small amount of time. However, the other 35% or so will recover in just under a year. Most people wake up to find they have Bells palsy, or will have symptoms like dry eyes or tingling around their lips. Symptoms can take a few days to be recognizable as Bells Palsy. The degree of paralysis should peak within a few days to 2 weeks. B. Structure determines function. The abnormal structures that you listed above in A., give rise to functional abnormalities…what are they? In other words, what nervous system functions are impaired by the pathology? How do these functional deficits affect other organ systems or organs - discuss at least 3. The functions that are impaired by the pathology are movement in your face (usually just on one side). Since it is caused by a shock or trauma to the 7th cranial nerve, it only makes sense that the face would be partially paralyzed during the recovery process. It can also significantly distory the face, and lastly, cause twitching and drooling. All in all, its definetely not something to be scared of. C. What in the major cause of this disease (possible examples: virus, bacteria, trauma, trauma, genetics, age-related degeneration or other) If the cause is known, how was it determined? What evidence exists in support of this cause? If the cause of the disease is unknown, why is can't the cause be determined? The cause of Bells Palsy is a trauma to the 7th cranial nerve. Older people are also more likely

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