Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2014 Nov;57(11):795-797. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2014.57.11.795.

A Case of Herpes Zoster Oticus Involving Multiple Cranial Nerves without Facial Palsy

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea. choihyunseung@gmail.com

Abstract

Varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection of the head and neck region may present with various symptoms. We present a case of VZV infection of the external ear (cranial nerve V), pharynx and larynx with neuropathy of three ipsilateral lower cranial nerves (IX, X, XII). The patient's paresthesia was reduced after antiviral therapy and oral steroids. By the end of one month follow-up, the patient showed normal movement of vocal cord, soft palate and tongue.

Keyword

Cranial nerve; Herpes zoster oticus; Varicella zoster virus

MeSH Terms

Cranial Nerves*
Ear, External
Facial Paralysis*
Follow-Up Studies
Head
Herpes Zoster Oticus*
Herpesvirus 3, Human
Humans
Larynx
Neck
Palate, Soft
Paresthesia
Pharynx
Steroids
Tongue
Vocal Cords
Steroids
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