Facial Nerve Disorders

While a patient with facial weakness or paralysis might immediately consider neurological disorders, dysfunction of the facial nerve may be directly linked to an otolaryngologic disorder. The facial nerve, in its normal course, directly traverses the middle ear and mastoid, and so infections, inflammatory processes or tumors of this region may lead to facial weakness, paralysis or spasm. Further, once the facial nerve leaves the skull en route to the muscles of facial expression, the nerve enters the core of the parotid salivary gland. Again infections, inflammatory processes or tumors of this gland may lead to facial dysfunction. Patients with any form of facial nerve abnormality should be evaluated by a well-trained otolaryngologist to be sure that important non-neurologic disease is not overlooked and to be sure that their facial dysfunction is treated as effectively as possible.


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1305 York Ave., Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10021
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2315 Broadway, Third Floor
New York, NY 10024
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59 S. Greeley Ave., Suite Four
Chappaqua, NY 10514


Anthony Sclafani
Anthony P. Sclafani, M.D.
Director of Facial Plastic Surgery, Professor of Otolaryngology
Samuel Selesnick
Samuel H. Selesnick, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of Otolaryngology, Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery
Kristen Yancey, MD
Cochlear Implant Program Director, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology
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Weill Cornell Medicine Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Facial Nerve Disorders
1305 York Ave., Fifth Floor New York, NY 10022