Several viruses including varicella-zoster, herpes simplex, and Epstein-Barr (EBV) may cause facial paralysis. The varicella-zoster virus causes Ramsay-Hunt syndrome, in which patients often have a history of ear pain, peripheral facial paralysis, and a rash located in the ear canal. Sep 17, · A more serious cause of facial paralysis is stroke. Facial paralysis occurs during a stroke when nerves that control the muscles in the face Author: Danielle Moores.
OBJECTIVE: Peripheral facial paralysis is one of the commonest mononeuropathies. The frequency of idiopathic peripheral paralysis or Bell's palsy varies between 62% and 93% of all cases, with an incidence of between 14 and 25 cases per , inhabitants per year.