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Gustatory dysfunction after mandibular zoster

Published in Neurological Sciences. 2011, vol. 32, no. 3, p. 461-4
Abstract Varicella zoster, limited to the mandibular nerve, is rare. Classical symptoms are pain, hypesthesia and vesicular eruption restricted to the third trigeminal segment (V3). Little is known on taste affection after mandibular nerve zoster. We report two cases of patients suffering from mandibular zoster associated with subjective taste disorder. In both cases, gustatory measures confirmed ipsilateral hemiageusia of the anterior two-thirds of the tongue. After 2 months, the symptoms regressed and psychophysical measures came back to normal values, whereas post-zoster neuralgia lasted for more than 1 year. Gustatory dysfunction is a possible symptom after mandibular nerve zoster. In contrast to post-zoster neuralgia, taste function seems to recover quickly.
Keywords AdultAgedDysgeusia/physiopathology/virologyFemaleHerpes Zoster/complications/physiopathologyHumansMandibular Diseases/physiopathology/virologyNeuralgia, Postherpetic/physiopathology/virologyTrigeminal Nerve Diseases/physiopathology/virology
PMID: 20924630
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Research groups Groupe Scolozzi Paolo (chirurgie maxillo-faciale et buccale) (896)
Groupe Dulguerov Pavel (ORL et chirurgie cervico-faciale) (145)
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HEYMANS, Frédéric et al. Gustatory dysfunction after mandibular zoster. In: Neurological Sciences, 2011, vol. 32, n° 3, p. 461-4. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:24876

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