Oculomotor palsy in two cases of herpes zoster ophthalmicus Ai Inoue 1 , Tokihide Mizobuchi 1 , Miki Ohno 1 , Yuichiro Tanaka 1 , Yoshiharu Hibino 1 , Konosuke Mizumura 1 1Dept of Ophthalmol, National Sagamihara Hosp pp.987-990
Published Date 1999/5/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1410906379
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Two patients, a 72-year-old male and 67-year-old female, developed herpes zoster ophthalmicus involving the cornea. Ipsilateral oculomotor palsy occurred one week after appearance of the skin lesion. The oculomotor palsy in both cases spontaneously recovered one to two months later. We observed 12 cases of herpes zoster ophthalmicus during the foregoing one year. The incidence of oculomotor palsy was 2 cases (17%) as reported here. These cases show the importance of paying due attention to possible oculomotor palsy complicating herpes zoster ophthalmicus, because ophthalmoplegia may be overlooked by the presence of palpebral edema.

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