The Symptoms of Mimetic Spasm Of The Face

Grimaces, usually of one side of the face only, such as wrinkling the forehead, blinking the eyes, twitching of the nostrils, drawing down the corners of the mouth; spasm is excited by motions of the body, even by walking; contractions; sighing during sleep.

This is a very curious disease, giving to the patient, in many instances, a very comical appearance. In some cases it attacks the little muscles of the external ear, which are not ordinarily under the control of the will, sometimes keeping the ear in constant motion for hours at a time. Contractions are not usually accompanied by pain. The spasm is, in some cases, continuous, the features of one side of the face remaining drawn for a long time; in others, a quick jerking movement occurs at short intervals. When continuous, the spasm of the muscles is termed "tonic;" the interrupted spasms are termed "chlonic."

The Causes of Mimetic Spasm Of The Face

The most common are cold, injuries to the face, decayed teeth, and abnormal mental emotions.

The Treatment of Mimetic Spasm Of The Face

Warm baths, galvanism to the affected part, and attention to the patient's general health, are the most effective measures. The disease is obstinate, and frequently does not yield readily to treatment In severe cases, pressure over the principal branches of the facial nerve should be applied. The pressure is most effective just in front of the lower portion of the ear. It may be made continuous by means of a spring attached to a hard pad. Division of the affected muscles has been tried in some cases.