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October 1942


Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology, Ross-Loos Medical Group.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1942;36(4):560-561. doi:10.1001/archotol.1942.03760040114012

Herpes zoster oticus is rarely encountered. This case is believed to be of special interest since the condition widely involved the fifth, seventh and eighth cranial nerves.

REPORT OF A CASE  Mrs. E. H. A., aged 57, was first seen by me on Feb. 9, 1942, ten days after the onset of her illness. Her initial symptom had been a severe, intermittent, "shooting," right-sided occipital headache, beginning on January 31. On the seventh day of her illness there was a burning pain in the lobule of the right ear, the right half of the tongue and the right half of the soft palate. This was followed, on the eighth day, by a herpetic eruption of the right ear, which began on the lobule and spread over the entire lateral surface of the auricle. At the same time there developed a herpetic eruption over the right half of the soft palate

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