Twitching, weakness or paralysis of the face is a symptom of some disorder involving the facial nerve. Herpes zoster (shinglessee see Shingles) is infection that results from a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. Still, in order to rule out the possibility of any complication emerging from this condition, one need to consult a health-related specialist. Herpes zoster oticus (viral infection of the inner, middle, and external ear caused by varicella-zoster virus (vzv)) has been reported by people with mastoiditis (latest reports from 125 Herpes zoster oticus patients). DISCLAIMER: All material available on eHealthMe.com is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider. DISCLAIMER: All material available on eHealthMe.com is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider. All information is observation-only, and has not been supported by scientific studies or clinical trials unless otherwise stated.
Suspect malignant otitis externa when a patient has ear pain out of proportion to the clinical findings in addition to the signs listed above. The disorder is also sometimes known as herpes zoster oticus because of the characteristic ear rash. The intraoperative swelling of tympanic segment was observed from fourth to ninth weeks after the onset of palsy. Tearing on the side of the paralysis is common and so is an altered taste on the same side of the tongue. A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. Vertigo and sensorineural hearing loss may be noted, and paralysis of the facial nerve, mimicking Bell palsy, may be present. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under “Rare Disease Information”.
On the other hand, these are disorders which can be detected very well at the outset and treated: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BBPV), orthostatic vertigo, and hyperventilation. It is provided for informational purposes only. There is weak evidence to suggest additional benefit of oral steroids in facial zoster, and their use can be supported in immunocompetent individuals. This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD’s resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.