Olivia Chow, Canadian Member of Parliament, Suffers Temporary Facial Paralysis

Share Article

Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills says facial paralysis caused by Ramsey Hunt Syndrome is very similar to Bell’s palsy

Dr Babak Azizzadeh MD

Determining what is causing facial paralysis is the very first step in coming up with a plan of action to treat and overcome the condition.

According to recent reports, Canadian member of Parliament OliviaChow is battling facial paralysis as a symptom of a rare virus affecting the facial nerve and the inner ear. Facial paralysis expert, Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS in Beverly Hills, says Chow's condition as a result of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is most likely temporary, though a time frame for recovery cannot be given.

“Facial paralysis due to Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is extremely similar to Bell’s palsy--both conditions are caused by viruses leading to temporary facial paralysis. Like most that suffer from Bell’s palsy, in Chow’s case, it is extremely likely that she’ll make a full recovery,” said renowned facial paralysis surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome occurs as a result of the varicella zoster virus infecting the facial nerve and the inner ear. When the facial nerve becomes infected, it begins to swell, which can block neural input from the brain and ultimately result in a paralyzed side of the face. Additional symptoms of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome include a painful rash, hearing loss in one ear, and vertigo.

“Determining what is causing facial paralysis is the very first step in coming up with a plan of action to treat and overcome the condition. Be it Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, permanent facial paralysis, or Bell’s palsy, it is imperative to visit an experienced facial paralysis surgeon when symptoms of facial paralysis set in,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

As of now, Chow has stopped taking medication for her condition, and is instead focusing on alternative measures like acupuncture and massage while returning to work.

“There are other non-invasive treatments out there that could benefitChow temporarily, without the need for surgery. At the Facial Paralysis Institute, one of the most common procedures I perform for patients suffering from short-term facial paralysis is Botox therapy, a treatment which actually uses Botox injections to give a more symmetrical facial appearance by relaxing the paralyzed portion of the face,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

Since his extensive and prestigious training at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Azizzadeh has helped hundreds of people with varying degrees of facial paralysis. Dr. Azizzadeh is the director of the Facial Paralysis Institute and one of the leading figures in the field of Facial Nerve Paralysis. Dr. Azizzadeh has been recognized for his work on several occasions, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and countless other media outlets. Trained in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh has a distinctive insight into facial nerve function and facial aesthetics.

For more information or to speak with Dr. Azizzadeh in greater depth, please contact the Facial Paralysis Institute by calling (310) 657-2203 or by visiting http://www.facialparalysisinstitute.com.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print