Early diagnosis of zoster sine herpete and antiviral therapy for the treatment of facial palsy.

@article{Furuta2000EarlyDO,
  title={Early diagnosis of zoster sine herpete and antiviral therapy for the treatment of facial palsy.},
  author={Yasushi Furuta and Fumio Ohtani and Yasushi Mesuda and Satoshi Fukuda and Yukio Inuyama},
  journal={Neurology},
  year={2000},
  volume={55 5},
  pages={
          708-10
        }
}
The effect of antiviral agents on recovery from facial palsy in patients with zoster sine herpete (ZSH; varicella zoster virus reactivation without zoster) has not been evaluated because ZSH is difficult to diagnose early after onset. In this study, all 13 patients who received acyclovir-prednisone treatment within 7 days of onset, as confirmed by a positive PCR result, showed complete recovery. PCR-based early diagnosis of ZSH and antiviral therapy elicited an excellent outcome for recovery… CONTINUE READING
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