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Hemifacial Spasm Symptoms & Diagnosis

Symptoms

  • Intermittent twitching of the eyelid muscle
  • Forced closure of the eye
  • Spasms of the muscles of the lower face
  • Mouth pulled to one side
  • Continuous spasms involving all the muscles on one side of the face

Diagnosis

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Tests may include the following:

  • Electromyography (EMG) —a test that measures and records electrical activity generated in muscle at rest and in response to muscle contraction
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the head
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the head
  • Angiography —an x-ray exam of the blood vessels when they are filled with a contrast material

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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