There is severe neuralgic pain, and paralysis from involvement of the facial nerve is an early symptom.
In severe cases, the facial nerve may be stretched with benefit, either at its exit from the stylo-mastoid foramen or on the face.
Persistent paralysis may follow destruction of the facial nerve; and salivary fistulæ may form.
The facial nerve and its branches traverse the lower third of the gland from behind forwards.
The facial nerve should not be injured, as it lies in front and external to the portion of the bone to be removed.
For this particular purpose a burr should be used as soon as the surgeon has got beyond the region of the facial nerve.
Care must be taken not to work above the region of the fenestra ovalis or the facial nerve will probably be injured.
If the abscess be very large, there may be paresis or paralysis of the facial nerve and perhaps also of the upper extremity.
Only in rare cases does paralysis result from pressure on the facial nerve.
He suffered temporarily much disfigurement from paralysis of the facial nerve.
facial nerve n.
Either of a pair of nerves that originate in the pons, traverse the facial canal of the temporal bone, and pass through the parotid gland, reach the facial muscles through various branches, control facial muscles, and relay sensation from the taste buds of the front part of the tongue. Also called seventh cranial nerve.