An adult case of peripheral facial nerve palsy following acute cerebellitis associated with high antibody titers against varicella-zoster virus

Katsuya Ogata, Takeshi Yamada, Hideo Hara, Takayuki Taniwaki, Jun Ichi Kira

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Abstract

Here we report a case of acute cerebellitis, in which the patient developed right peripheral facial palsy during the recovery phase of cerebellar ataxia. A 67-year-old man developed truncal and limb ataxia following a fever, general fatigue and anorexia. He was diagnosed to have acute cerebellitis. While the ataxia symptoms were improving without any treatment, right peripheral facial nerve palsy developed and an MRI revealed an enhancement of the right facial nerve proximal to the geniculate ganglion. After treatment with acyclovir and corticosteroids, his facial nerve palsy and ataxia both gradually improved. There has been no previous report of an adult case who developed peripheral facial nerve palsy during the recovery phase of acute cerebellitis. This case indicates that a wide spectrum of neurological complications may develop in association with a varicella- zoster virus infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1070-1072
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Neurology
Volume38
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology

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