COVID-19 vaccines are linked to the risk of developing Bell’s palsy, a new report from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) suggests.
Researchers detailed the case of a 61-year-old man in England who receive both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
After each dose, he developed facial paralysis shortly thereafter, with the second time being more severe, including an inability to fully close his left eye.
The NHS team says this is believed to be the first documented case of two separate instances of facial paralysis occurring after each dose of a coronavirus vaccine – but say it is a very rare occurrence.
Bell’s palsy is a condition that unexpectedly strikes a patient’s face.
The patient experiences sudden muscle weakness or paralysis that causes half of their face to appear to droop, leading to one-sided smiles and one eye that refuses to close.
It is usually a temporary condition with symptoms typically improving within a few weeks, with complete recovery in six months.
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Source: Daily Mail, By Mary Kekatos Acting U.S. Health Editor for Dailymail.com