What other symptoms might occur with facial spasms?
Facial spasms may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.
Neurological symptoms that may occur along with facial spasms
Facial spasms may accompany other symptoms affecting the nervous system including:
- Abnormal blinking
- Muscle twitching, spasms or seizures
- Repeated clearing of the throat
- Repeated grunting
- Repetitive motion
- Short attention span
- Sudden, involuntary urges
- Uncontrollable vocal outbursts
Symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, facial spasms may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition, such as epilepsy, that can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have facial spasms along with other serious symptoms including:
- Abnormal pupil size (too big or too small) or abnormal reactivity to light
- Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
- Multiple seizures in a row without recovery between episodes
- Paralysis or inability to move a body part
- Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or inability to breathe, labored breathing, wheezing, or choking
What are facial spasms?
Facial spasms are abnormal muscle contractions in the face. Repeated facial spasms, also called tics, are often seen in children, particularly boys. In many cases, the cause of facial spasms is not known. In other cases, facial spasms may be related to seizures, medication side effects, chronic motor disorders, or Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements an... Read more about facial spasmsintroduction
What causes facial spasms?
Often, the cause of facial spasms is not known. They may be the symptom of a transient tic disorder, chronic motor tic disorder, or Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements and vocalizations. In serious cases, facial spasms may be related to seizures or epilepsy.