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March 1983

Ipsilateral Deafness and Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus

Author Affiliations

From the Seattle Dermatology Center (Dr Scott, Sr); and the Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University, Chicago (Dr Scott, Jr).

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(3):235-236. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650270053017

• Three cases of ipsilateral deafness occurred in association with herpes zoster ophthalmicus. Although our review of the literature did not disclose any identical cases, we believe that this complication may not be rare. If vertigo, tinnitus, abnormal auditory sensations, or ear pain occur with herpes zoster of any cranial nerve, an audiogram is indicated immediately to detect possible hearing loss. There is no known satisfactory treatment for sudden deafness due to herpes zoster infection.

(Arch Dermatol 1983;119:235-236)