Varicella zoster presenting as cranial polyneuropathy

Cranial polyneuropathy is commonly caused by Lyme disease. We discuss the case of a man who presented with cranial nerve deficits causing dysphagia, dysphonia and facial weakness. This diagnostic dilemma stemmed from a workup that ruled out Lyme and vascular causes leading to an expanded search for infectious explanations, which revealed varicella zoster in the cerebrospinal fluid. On review, this phenomenon is rarely reported, but has been observed with a number of herpes family viruses. In emergency department settings, clinical suspicion should be raised for VZV infection even in the absence of rash in patients that present with multiple cranial nerve palsies.
Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Source Type: research

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Source: Acta Clinica Croatica - Category: General Medicine Tags: Acta Clin Croat Source Type: research
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Source: Cornea - Category: Opthalmology Tags: Case Report Source Type: research
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Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Immune System Bell's Palsy Herpes Viruses Steroids Lyme Disease Nerves and Nervous System Source Type: news
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Source: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Autonomic Research - Category: Research Source Type: research
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Source: Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Autoimmunity with Infection, Syphilis, Lyme, Tuberculosis, and other Bacteria Source Type: research
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Source: Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Autoimmunity with Infection, Syphilis, Lyme, Tuberculosis, and other Bacteria Source Type: research
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Source: RETINA - Category: Opthalmology Tags: Original Study Source Type: research
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