Face or Mouth Numbness
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Benjamin Kummer, MD

Benjamin Kummer, MD (Neurology)

Dr Kummer is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), with joint appointment in Digital and Technology Partners (DTP) at the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) as Director of Clinical Informatics in Neurology. As a triple-board certified practicing stroke neurologist and informaticist, he has successfully improved clinical operations at the point of care by acting as a central liaison between clinical neurology faculty and DTP teams to implement targeted EHR configuration changes and workflows, as well as providing subject matter expertise on health information technology projects across MSHS. | Dr Kummer also has several years’ experience building and implementing several informatics tools, presenting scientific posters, and generating a body of peer-reviewed work in “clinical neuro-informatics” – i.e., the intersection of clinical neurology, digital health, and informatics – much of which is centered on digital/tele-health, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He has spearheaded the Clinical Neuro-Informatics Center in the Department of Neurology at ISMMS, a new research institute that seeks to establish the field of clinical neuro-informatics and disseminate knowledge to the neurological community on the effects and benefits of clinical informatics tools at the point of care.

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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About the symptom

Face or mouth numbness describes a loss of sensation, touch, or feeling in any part of the face or mouth.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Edema

  • Seizure attack

  • Recent weight loss

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Low back pain

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Numbness of the body

  • Unexplained weight loss of 5% or more in 1 month

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Involuntary movements

  • Fainting with loss of consciousness

Possible causes

  • Psychosomatic disorder

    The experience of physical symptoms which are routed in or exacerbated by mental distress.

  • Hypothyroidism

    A disorder where thyroid hormone levels in the body are abnormally low. These hormones are necessary for growth, development, and metabolism. Some symptoms include unintended weight gain, constipation, changes in menstrual cycles, dry skin, brittle nails, depression and memory issues. It can be caused by an autoimmune disorder (Hashimoto's) or from prior thyroid surgery and sometimes medications.

  • Menopausal syndrome

    Menopause is a normal condition of aging in women. It is marked by the natural stopping of regular menstrual cycles, and the end of the reproductive years. The average age of menopause is 51. It occurs as the ovaries stop making estrogen. The years leading up to menopause as called perimenopause. During the period of perimenopause and menopause, women can have multiple uncomfortable symptoms. This is different from women to women, with some women having mild tolerable changes, and others having severe problems. Hot flashes (sudden feeling of heat that rushes to the upper body and face), sleep problems and vaginal dryness or discomfort, and urinary problems can occur.

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)

Related serious diseases

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)

    Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is a rare nerve disorder where a person's own immune system attacks their nerves. GBS can cause symptoms ranging from mild (arm/leg numbness or weakness) to severe and life-threatening (inability to breathe, abnormal heart rhythm, very high/low blood pressure). The prognosis is generally good. Over half of people fully recover and 80% can walk independently at 1 year. However, a minority of people may have permanent nerve damage or need a ventilator to breathe, and the overall death rate ranges from 3% to 7%.

  • Transient Ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Cerebral infarction
  • Brain tumor

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have any facial numbness?

  • Do you struggle to focus or feel less aware of your surroundings?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Is your speech slurred?

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Reviewed By:

Benjamin Kummer, MD

Benjamin Kummer, MD (Neurology)

Dr Kummer is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), with joint appointment in Digital and Technology Partners (DTP) at the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) as Director of Clinical Informatics in Neurology. As a triple-board certified practicing stroke neurologist and informaticist, he has successfully improved clinical operations at the point of care by acting as a central liaison between clinical neurology faculty and DTP teams to implement targeted EHR configuration changes and workflows, as well as providing subject matter expertise on health information technology projects across MSHS. | Dr Kummer also has several years’ experience building and implementing several informatics tools, presenting scientific posters, and generating a body of peer-reviewed work in “clinical neuro-informatics” – i.e., the intersection of clinical neurology, digital health, and informatics – much of which is centered on digital/tele-health, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He has spearheaded the Clinical Neuro-Informatics Center in the Department of Neurology at ISMMS, a new research institute that seeks to establish the field of clinical neuro-informatics and disseminate knowledge to the neurological community on the effects and benefits of clinical informatics tools at the point of care.

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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