Bell’s Palsy

Bell's Palsy
Bell's Palsy
  1. Name 2 findings in the picture & what is the diagnosis
  2. What else do you want to examine and what is the site of lesion in this condition?
  3. How you will treat the patient?

Answer Sheet:

  1. Name 2 findings in the picture & what is the diagnosis?

Findings of Bell’s Palsy: (2)

  • Failure of wrinkling of forehead
  • Showing teeth- lips drawn to left
  • Drooping of right corner of mouth.
  • Nasolabial fold: Less pronounced

Diagnosis: Right sided Bell’s Palsy (The nerve of the effected side will be weaken, so lips drawn to opposite side)

  1. What else do you want to examine and what is the site of lesion in bell’s palsy?

  • Other examination:
    • Taste sensation in anterior 2/3rd of the tongue (Chorda tympani)
    • Palate and external auditory meatus to see any vesicle. (Ramsay Hunt syndrome)
    • Evidence of hyperacusis (reduced tolerance to sound).
  • Site of Lesion: within Facial canal in petrous part of temporal bone(in stylomastoid foramen).
  1. How you will treat the patient?

Treatment of Bell’s palsy:

  • Prednisolone 40-60mg daily for 7 days.
  • Aciclovir also recommended.
  • Artificial tear & ointment.
  • Physiotherapy

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X-Ray Pneumothorax
  1. X-Ray PneumothoraxWhat are your radiological findings?
  2. Name 4 clinical signs of this condition?
  3. Name 4 causes of this condition?
  4. Name the treatment option.

Answer Sheet:

  1. Left sided Pneumothorax
  2. Clinical Signs (4):
    1. Breathlessness
    2. Unilateral pleuritic chest pain
    3. On inspection: Restricted movement
    4. On palpation: Trachea & Apex beat shifted to the right (as Lt. sided)
    5. On percussion: Hyperresonance, but normal in right side. (as Lt. sided)
    6. On auscultation: Breath sound diminished or absent but vesicular in left side.
  3. Causes (4):
    1. Rupture of subpleural bleb
    2. Rupture of emphysematous bullae
    3. Chronic bronchitis with emphysema.
    4. Tuberculosis
    5. Traumatic: Chest wall injury

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When dissolved in water the dye has a blue-violet colour.
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-It is generally safe for use on children and breastfeeding mothers.
It can be applied to the mouth and lips of premature infants
– gentian violet can be use for thrush on the nipple.
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-Tinea; e.g. Athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm

-Candida albicans and related infections; e.g. thrush, yeast infections.

-Mouth ulcers

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– It will prevent infection in almost any wound or burn and quickly help the epithelium form a scab. It does not burn when applied and temporary skin discoloration is a minor side effect.

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