face as well checking for skin color dryness presence of lesions and any

Face as well checking for skin color dryness presence

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face as well, checking for skin color, dryness, presence of lesions, and any involuntary movements. Palpate the patient’s skull, noting the bony contours and checking for any lesions or areas of tenderness. Palpate his hair as well, noting color, texture, and distribution and also checking for any infestations, such as lice. The trigeminal nerve (CN V) and the facial nerve (CN VII) are often tested simultaneously because they affect sensation and movement of the facial structures. Test cranial nerve V by asking the patient to bite down and feeling for contraction of the temporal muscle (at the temple) and the masseter muscle (just in front of the ear). Be sure to check the sensory branch of cranial nerve V as well by asking the patient to close his eyes and report when he feels light touch as you touch his forehead, each cheek, and his chin with cotton. Patients who have had a stroke or cranial-nerve problems often have asymmetrical facial features, such as a drooping eyelid or a flattened nasolabial fold. This is easier to see if you ask the patient to change his facial expression by smiling, frowning, raising his eyebrows, closing his eyes tightly, or puffing out his cheeks. Can they do these things with ease? Symmetrical movements demonstrate that cranial nerve VII is intact.
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  • Spring '18
  • Facial nerve, trigeminal nerve

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