J Korean Neurol Assoc.  2006 Dec;24(6):593-595.

Isolated Vagus Nerve Palsy due to Varicella Zoster Virus

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Neurology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan, Korea. jhkwon-or@hanmail.net

Abstract

Varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection is a relatively common viral infection of the cranial nerves, especially the trigeminal and facial nerves. However, the involvement of the isolated vagus nerve has been rarely reported. We report a 65-year-old man with isolated vagus nerve palsy after a VZV infection. He presented with headache, dysphagia and hoarseness with sudden onset. He had vesicles localized on the concha of the right ear. The VZV IgG and IgM antibody titer in the serum was elevated.

Keyword

Varicella zoster virus; Vagus nerve palsy

MeSH Terms

Aged
Chickenpox*
Cranial Nerves
Deglutition Disorders
Ear
Facial Nerve
Headache
Herpesvirus 3, Human*
Hoarseness
Humans
Immunoglobulin G
Immunoglobulin M
Paralysis*
Vagus Nerve*
Immunoglobulin G
Immunoglobulin M
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