Varicella zoster virus infection presenting as isolated diplopia: A case report

Raffaella Pisapia, Alessia Rianda, Andrea Mariano, Angela Testa, Simonetta Galgani, Laura Vincenzi, Amina Abdeddaim, Alessandra Oliva, Pasquale Narciso

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Abstract

Background: Involvement of trochlear nerve during Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) Infection has been rarely described, and always in association with skin rash.Case presentation: We describe the case of a patient with VZV infection presenting as isolated diplopia due to fourth cranial nerve palsy. The diagnosis has been obtained through the application of a standardized molecular diagnostic panel, and diplopia resolved after specific antiviral and corticosteroid therapy.Conclusion: This case evidences that clinicians should be aware of atypical VZV infection, even in the absence of the typical skin rash.

Original languageEnglish
Article number138
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2013

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Human Herpesvirus 3
Diplopia
Virus Diseases
Exanthema
Trochlear Nerve Diseases
Trochlear Nerve
Molecular Pathology
Antiviral Agents
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Clinical awareness
  • Cranial nerve palsy
  • Molecular diagnosis
  • Varicella zoster virus

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  • Infectious Diseases

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Varicella zoster virus infection presenting as isolated diplopia : A case report. / Pisapia, Raffaella; Rianda, Alessia; Mariano, Andrea; Testa, Angela; Galgani, Simonetta; Vincenzi, Laura; Abdeddaim, Amina; Oliva, Alessandra; Narciso, Pasquale.

In: BMC Infectious Diseases, Vol. 13, No. 1, 138, 15.03.2013.

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