Polyneuritis cranialis from varicella zoster virus reactivation

Jesse A Schnall, Sadid F Khan, Luigi Zolio, Jason C Ray and Adam WJ Jenney
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50791
Published online: 19 October 2020

A 68‐year‐old man with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus and stage II chronic kidney disease, presented to hospital with a 24‐hour history of right‐sided facial paralysis and 3 days of horizontal diplopia. He had received 4 days of oral ciprofloxacin and oral prednisolone (37.5 mg) for 2 weeks of progressive right‐sided facial swelling with otalgia, initially thought to be otitis externa.

  • Jesse A Schnall1
  • Sadid F Khan2
  • Luigi Zolio2
  • Jason C Ray2
  • Adam WJ Jenney2,3

  • 1 Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC


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