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: 3 Mar 2015

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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: 3 Mar 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Hemifacial Spasm" returned 116 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Comparison of serum concentration of Ca, P, Mg, and Fe between hemifacial spasm patients and healthy controls; prospective randomized controlled study.
 

Author(s): E K Ulusoy, D M Ulusoy, S Kilic

Journal: Niger J Clin Pract. 2018 Nov;21(11):1537-1541.

 

In this study, we aimed to measure the serum vitamin D level in hemifacial spasmic (HFS) patients and show the role of HFS in the pathogenesis and place in etiology.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Retrospective clinical analysis of 320 cases of microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm.
 

Author(s): Zhimin Li, Jun Gao, Tianyu Wang, Yongning Li

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Oct;97(41):e11825.

 

To investigate effects of microvascular decompression (MVD) surgical treatment on hemifacial spasm.A retrospective analysis of 320 adult patients (95 male cases, 29.7% and 225 female cases, 70.3%) with hemifacial spasm treated by surgery was conducted between February 2007 to June ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Successive occurrence of vertebrobasilar dolichectasia induced trigeminal neuralgia, vestibular paroxysmia and hemifacial spasm: A case report.
 

Author(s): Jingzhe Han, Tingting Wang, Yanan Xie, Duanhua Cao, Zhilei Kang, Xueqin Song

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jun;97(25):e11192.

 

Study reported an extremely rare case of trigeminal neuralgia, vestibular paroxysmia, and hemifacial spasm successively occurring in a patient with vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia (VBD).

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Hemifacial Spasm" returned 15 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Imaging of Neurovascular Compression Syndromes: Trigeminal Neuralgia, Hemifacial Spasm, Vestibular Paroxysmia, and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia.
 

Author(s): S Haller, L Etienne, E Kövari, A D Varoquaux, H Urbach, M Becker

Journal: AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2016 08;37(8):1384-92.

 

Neurovascular compression syndromes are usually caused by arteries that directly contact the cisternal portion of a cranial nerve. Not all cases of neurovascular contact are clinically symptomatic. The transition zone between the central and peripheral myelin is the most vulnerable ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Indications and Timings of Re-operation for Residual or Recurrent Hemifacial Spasm after Microvascular Decompression: Personal Experience and Literature Review.
 

Author(s): Toru Hatayama, Takuji Kono, Yoichi Harada, Keiichi Yamashita, Toshifumi Utsunomiya, Mototaka Hayashi, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Ryo Hatanaka, Daisuke Shimada, Atsuhito Takemura, Hidefumi Tabata, Hana Tobishima

Journal: Neurol. Med. Chir. (Tokyo). 2015 ;55(8):663-8.

 

We reviewed reports about the postoperative course of hemifacial spasm (HFS) after microvascular decompression (MVD), including in our own patients, and investigated treatment for delayed resolution or recurrence of HFS. Symptoms of HFS disappear after surgery in many patients, but ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Hemifacial spasm and neurovascular compression.
 

Author(s): Alex Y Lu, Jacky T Yeung, Jason L Gerrard, Elias M Michaelides, Raymond F Sekula, Ketan R Bulsara

Journal: ScientificWorldJournal. 2014 ;2014():349319.

 

Hemifacial spasm (HFS) is characterized by involuntary unilateral contractions of the muscles innervated by the ipsilateral facial nerve, usually starting around the eyes before progressing inferiorly to the cheek, mouth, and neck. Its prevalence is 9.8 per 100,000 persons with an ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Botulinum Toxin A in the Treatment of Hemifacial Spasm
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hemifacial Spasm

 

Last Updated: 11 Oct 2017

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