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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Uneven smile

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Asymmetrical Smile

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced asymmetrical smile. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Condition Causing Facial Weakness

    Facial weakness may be the sign of a stroke or bell's palsy & requires immediate medical attention.

    MISSING

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    face weakness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  2. 2.Bell's Palsy

    Bell's palsy (facial palsy) causes sudden weakness in facial muscles and makes half of the face appear to droop. The exact cause is unknown, but it's believed to be the result of swelling and inflammation of the nerve that controls the muscles on one side of your face or may be a reaction that occurs after a viral infection.

    Weeks to 6 months

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    arm weakness, facial numbness, arm weakness, hearing loss, pain on one side of the face
    Symptoms that always occur with bell's palsy:
    face weakness, weakness in one side of the face
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Stroke or Tia (Transient Ischemic Attack)

    A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is stopped.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, leg numbness, arm numbness, new headache, stiff neck
    Symptoms that never occur with stroke or tia (transient ischemic attack):
    bilateral weakness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  4. 4.Head and Neck Cancer

    There are five main types of head and neck cancer, which are all named according to the part of the body where they develop: laryngeal (voice box), nasal cavity and sinus, nasopharyngeal (air passage way behind the nose), oral (mouth), and salivary gland cancers. Most of these cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), meaning they begin in the flat (squamous) cells that make up the thin surface layer of the structures in the head and neck.

    Head and neck cancers span different types of cancer with variable prognosis so a consultation with an oncologist is required to determine outlook.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, hoarse voice, neck bump, ear canal pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Cholesteatoma (a Non - Cancerous Growth in the Ear)

    Cholesteatoma is a type of skin cyst that is located in the middle ear and mastoid bone in the skull. It can be a birth defect though more commonly occurs as a complication of chronic ear infection.

    Chronic, but curable

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    ear fullness/pressure, ringing in the ears, pain in one ear canal, vertigo (extreme dizziness), hearing loss in one ear
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Wegener's Granulomatosis

    An inflammation of the blood vessels by the body's immune system is a rare, but possibly dangerous problem. The inflammation can happen anywhere, but often in the sinuses, lungs, and kidneys.

    Uncertain

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, joint pain, shortness of breath, fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Asymmetrical Smile

  • Q.Have someone else watch you during this physical exam. Try to close your eyes tightly. Can you close both eyes fully?
  • Q.Is the skin on your face asymmetrical?
  • Q.Have you noticed any vision changes?
  • Q.Have you noticed a change in your hearing?

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Asymmetrical Smile Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced asymmetrical smile have also experienced:

    • 17% Face Deformity
    • 10% Facial Asymmetry
    • 4% Drooping Eyelid
  • People who have experienced asymmetrical smile were most often matched with:

    • 43% Stroke or Tia (Transient Ischemic Attack)
    • 37% Condition Causing Facial Weakness
    • 18% Bell's Palsy
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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