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Posted by CCF Neuro MD on August 12, 1997 at 23:26:20:
In Reply to: facial twitch on one side posted by Karen Seaton on July 16, 1997 at 22:29:46:
: I have had one side of my face twitch for 3 weeks now, a friend has told me recently she had the same problem. Her end result was a mini-stroke. Could this twitching be an early warning to a mini-stroke?
Facial twitching is very rarely a presenting symptom of a stroke or ministroke. The symptom is often characteristic of hemifacial spasm, a condition most frequently caused by irritation of the facial nerve by a tortuous blood vessel inside the skull. The symptom may also represent facial myokimia, which can be benign thing, or may represent a serious neurological problem. You need to see a neurologist for an accurate diagnosis, and appropriate work-up.
In case you live near Cleveland, I suggest you see any of the neurologists at the Cleveland Clinic.An appointment can be made by calling up (216)44-5559, or (800)223-2273 toll free.
I wish you the best of luck.
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