Scientific article
Case report
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Gustatory dysfunction after mandibular zoster

Published inNeurological sciences, vol. 32, no. 3, p. 461-464
  • Open Access - Licence nationale Springer
Publication date2011

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.

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Dysgeusia/physiopathology/virology
  • Female
  • Herpes Zoster/complications/physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Mandibular Diseases/physiopathology/virology
  • Neuralgia, Postherpetic/physiopathology/virology
  • Trigeminal Nerve Diseases/physiopathology/virology
Citation (ISO format)
HEYMANS, Frédéric et al. Gustatory dysfunction after mandibular zoster. In: Neurological sciences, 2011, vol. 32, n° 3, p. 461–464. doi: 10.1007/s10072-010-0421-3
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ISSN of the journal1590-1874

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