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facial asymmetry after stroke

Q: My Mother aged 50 is a Diabetic with High Blood Pressure Problems. One & a half years back she had a small stroke where her face was slightly disfigured. Her face although has regained 90% of her normal demeanour is still slightly disfigured. Kindly advise.

A:The recovery after a stroke may not be complete in every patient and your mother probably has some residual neurologic deficit. Physiotherapy should help in improving the facial asymmetry. Secondary stroke prevention is equally important. Hypertension and Diabetes are major risk factors and should be kept under check. Various drugs have been found to reduce the risk of recurrence, especially anti-platelet drugss, ACE inhibitors and Statins. You should consult your Neurologist for the same.

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