The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Opportunistic InfectionsOpportunistic Infections
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

bell's palsy
Feb 20, 2002

Dear Dr: Two years ago now, I suffered a complete paralysis of the left side of my face a few weeks after being diagnosed with infectious disease doctor said he felt it was an OI...and it has since gotten better, but there is still marked drooping to the left side of my mouth and my left eye. What, if anything can be done?? Is it a true OI?? And I have had bad hepatitis and other complications in these first two years which I had hoped would be symptom free....thanks for any help andadvace you might have!

Response from Dr. Feinberg

Bell's palsy is not an HIV-associated OI; in your case, it was just coincidental that you also had HIV, as HIV- people get Bell's palsy all the time. Once the facial nerve is damaged, it may recover slowly, but unfortunately there is no guarantee that it will recover completely. I'd guess that you may have seen most of the recovery you'll experience, since this happened 2 years ago.

Palpable lymph nodes
CMV culture/DNA reliability and HIV infection

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint