Hemifacial Spasm

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Hemifacial Spasm

Hemifacial spasm is a type of facial muscle spasm that occurs only on half of a person's face. They are often caused by nerve injury or tumors, although not infrequently a precise cause is unable to be found. The condition is rare, occurring in less than one person per 100,000. The twitching that occurs is not painful, but can cause embarrassment. Treatment for hemifacial spasms may include medication, botox injections, or surgery to repair affected nerves.

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Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc.

The Mission of the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc. is to fund and promote medical research in the search for the cause and cure of blepharospasm, Meige, and other related disorders of the facial musculature, to provide support, education and referrals to persons with these disorders, and to disseminate information and serve as an authoritative resource to the medical community and the general public.

Last Updated: 22 Oct 2012

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Following organizations serve the condition "Hemifacial Spasm" for support, advocacy or research.

Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc.

The Mission of the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc. is to fund and promote medical research in the search for the cause and cure of blepharospasm, Meige, and other related disorders of the facial musculature, to provide support, education and referrals to persons with these disorders, and to disseminate information and serve as an authoritative resource to the medical community and the general public.

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Last Updated: 22 Oct 2012

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Hemifacial Spasm" returned 87 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Adolescent-onset idiopathic hemifacial spasm.
 

Author(s): Jianfeng Liang, Zhuangli Guo, Li Zhang, Yanbing Yu

Journal: Neurol India. ;62(2):175-7.

 

To study the clinical manifestations, illness-related factors and microsurgical management of adolescent-onset idiopathic hemifacial spasm.

Last Updated: 14 May 2014

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[Hemifacial spasm due to temporal bone cholesterol granuloma].
 

Author(s): Julián Castro-Castro, María del Camino Mouronte-Sánchez, José Antonio Torre-Eiriz, Alberto Touceda-Bravo

Journal: Rev Neurol. 2014 Feb;58(3):142-3.

 

Last Updated: 28 Jan 2014

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'Is tinnitus accompanied by hemifacial spasm in normal-hearing patients also a type of hyperactive neurovascular compression syndrome? : A magnetoencephalography study.
 

Author(s): Won Seok Chang, Bong Soo Kim, Ji Eun Lee, Hyun Ho Jung, Kiwoong Kim, Hyuk Chan Kwon, Yong Ho Lee, Jin Woo Chang

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Traditionally, tinnitus accompanied by hemifacial spasm has been considered a type of hyperactive neurovascular compression syndrome that is similar to hemifacial spasm alone because of the anatomically close relationship between the facial nerve and cochlear nerve as well as the ...

Last Updated: 17 May 2013

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The terms "Hemifacial Spasm" returned 12 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Hemifacial spasm: conservative and surgical treatment options.
 

Author(s): Christian Rosenstengel, Marc Matthes, Jörg Baldauf, Steffen Fleck, Henry Schroeder

Journal: Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2012 Oct;109(41):667-73.

 

Hemifacial spasm is a neuromuscular movement disorder characterized by brief or persistent involuntary contractions of the muscles innervated by the facial nerve. Its prevalence has been estimated at 11 cases per 100 000 individuals. Among the patients who were operated on by our ...

Last Updated: 24 Dec 2012

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[Essential blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm: characteristic of the patient, botulinum toxin A treatment and literature review].
 

Author(s): Silvana Artioli Schellini, Olívia Matai, Thais Zamudio Igami, Carlos Roberto Padovani, Carlos Pereira Padovani

Journal: Arq Bras Oftalmol. ;69(1):23-6.

 

To evaluate the characteristics of the essential blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm patients and the feasible treatment with botulinum toxin A.

Last Updated: 21 Feb 2006

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Hemifacial spasm following a blow to the mandible causing blunt injury to the peripheral facial nerve.
 

Author(s): Satoru Shimizu, Ryusui Tanaka, Sumito Sato, Kiyotaka Fujii

Journal: Neurol. Med. Chir. (Tokyo). 2005 Apr;45(4):192-5.

 

A 40-year-old male presented with hemifacial spasm manifesting as paroxysmal spontaneous twitches in the left peribuccal region persisting for 3 months. The symptoms began 7 days after an accident, when a signboard hit his left mandibular angle. Physical examination showed no trauma-related ...

Last Updated: 25 Apr 2005

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Last Updated: 27 Mar 2012

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Testing the Effect of Zinc Supplementation to Improve the Treatment Effect of Botulinum Toxin for Oculofacial Spasm
 

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Condition Summary: Blepharospasm; Hemifacial Spasm

 

Last Updated: 1 Mar 2012

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