Korean J Audiol.  2011 Dec;15(3):155-158.

Herpes Zoster Oticus with Cranial Polyneuropathy without Involvement of Facial Nerve

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. ojhent@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

Herpes zoster oticus is caused by herpetic viruses including varicella zoster and most commonly affects cranial nerves (CN) VII and VIII. With a review of literature, we report a case of herpes zoster oticus with selective involvement of CN VIII, IX and X. Interestingly, the motor fibers of CN VII were spared while ipsilateral recurrent laryngeal nerve involvement was evident. The patient was treated with antiviral medication and systemic steroids and symptoms were improved.

Keyword

Herpes zoster oticus; Polyneuropathy; Vocal cord paralysis

MeSH Terms

Chickenpox
Cranial Nerves
Facial Nerve
Herpes Zoster
Herpes Zoster Oticus
Humans
Polyneuropathies
Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve
Steroids
Vocal Cord Paralysis
Steroids
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