Foix Chavany Marie syndrome

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Foix Chavany Marie syndrome

Foix Chavany Marie syndrome (also called FCMS or opercular syndrome - which refers to the portion of the brain that is affected) is a rare condition characterized by weakness or paralysis of certain parts of the face, throat and jaw muscles. This condition is caused by damage to a specific part of the brain (operculum). Symptoms may include: difficulty chewing or swallowing, inability to move the tongue, and loss of speech. However because the whole face is not affected, some movements are still possible, such as smiling, yawning, and crying. Less than 150 cases have been reported so far, and indicate that this condition can present at any age. Common causes of FCMS are brain malformation (when the brain does not develop properly before birth), brain infection or disease, brain tumor (abnormal growth) or stroke (problem or disruption of the blood supply to the brain). In children it is often associated with epilepsy (seizures) and slowed physical development. Diagnosis is based on clinical exams, patient history, and MRI tests. Treatment generally focuses on feeding and speech difficulties and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, most reported cases show poor improvement.

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The terms "Foix Chavany Marie syndrome" returned 9 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome presenting as multiple sclerosis].
 

Author(s): Abián Muñoz, Pino López-Méndez, Mguel Hervás-García, Armida Ruano, Juan R García-Rodríguez

Journal: Rev Neurol. 2015 Oct;61(7):332-3.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Unilateral opercular infarction presenting with Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome.
 

Author(s): Francisca Sá, Inês Menezes Cordeiro, Susana Mestre, Hipólito Nzwalo

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Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome (FCMS) also known as bilateral anterior opercular syndrome is a form of suprabulbar palsy defined by the presence of bilateral voluntary facial, pharyngeal, lingual and masticatory paralysis with automatic-voluntary movement dissociation. We report an extremely ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome caused by bilateral opercular lesions: right side tumor and left side ischemic stroke.
 

Author(s): Mihai Popescu, Aurelia M Sandu, Gelu Onose, Ruxandra D Sinescu, Valentin T Grigorean

Journal: Rev Neurol. 2013 Oct;57(7):333-5.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Foix Chavany Marie syndrome" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Foix-Chavany-Marie (anterior operculum) syndrome in childhood: a reappraisal of Worster-Drought syndrome.
 

Author(s): H J Christen, F Hanefeld, E Kruse, S Imhäuser, J P Ernst, M Finkenstaedt

Journal: Dev Med Child Neurol. 2000 Feb;42(2):122-32.

 

Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome (FCMS) is a distinct clinical picture of suprabulbar (pseudobulbar) palsy due to bilateral anterior opercular lesions. Symptoms include anarthria/severe dysarthria and loss of voluntary muscular functions of the face and tongue, and problems with mastication ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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