Cranial Nerve Palsy Essay

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Cranial Nerve Palsy: with an Emphasis on
Sixth Cranial Nerve Palsy

Cranial Nerve Palsy
With an Emphasis on
Sixth Cranial Nerve Palsy

I. What are Cranial Nerves?
* Cranial nerves are nerves that come directly from the brain stem in contrast to spinal nerves which come from segments of the spinal cord.
* There are twelve Cranial nerves in humans that fit this description.
* They mainly serve the motor and sensory systems of the head and neck region; except for the tenth and the eleventh nerve.
* These nerves are divided to provide one or a few specific functions, and all of them can develop problems.

II. Cranial Nerves and Functions
* Olfactory Nerve: Smell
* Optic Nerve: Vision
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* However, there are some palsies of the sixth nerve that need more time, treatment, and surgery to help with the healing process.
* People with a sixth nerve palsy should refrain from driving unless an eye patch is used. Additionally, certain types of employment may allow a medical leave or a temporary change of duties.

VIII. Sixth Cranial Nerve Palsy: Costs of Services and Treatments
* Computed Tomography (CT) of the head and neck with contrast for the diagnosis of sixth cranial nerve palsy range from $1500-$1900.
* Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the head and neck range from $2500-$5400, depending on the type of test being performed.
* Lumbar Puncture costs range from $2600 - $3500.
* Eye Exams range from $40 - $300, depending on the services and depth of the eye exam.
* Hypertension Checks at your doctor’s office range from$20 - $40. However, it can be done free at any Wal-Mart, free clinic, or family member or friend in the health care profession.
* A Complete Blood Count will range from $15 - $50, depending on whether the test is to be performed with or without a differential.
* Blood Glucose monitoring costs range from $10 - $35 at your local doctor’s office, free at the local free clinic, and free if you have a friend or family member who has diabetes and can do it for you.

IX. Cranial Nerve Palsy: (Conclusion)
* In conclusion, there are twelve…

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