Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus Mimicking Carotid Artery Dissection: A Case Report
Article first published online: 25 JUN 2002
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 37, Issue 10, pages 663–664, November/December, 1997
How to Cite
Verghese, J., Kachroo, A. and Sparr, S. A. (1997), Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus Mimicking Carotid Artery Dissection: A Case Report. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 37: 663–664. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.1997.3710663.x
- Issue published online: 25 JUN 2002
- Article first published online: 25 JUN 2002
- Accepted for publication March 9, 1997.
- Cited By
- herpes zoster ophthalmicus;
- facial pain;
Herpes zoster is a common viral illness presenting with vesicular eruptions which are usually preceded by pain, erythema, and tenderness in a dermatomal distribution. The ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve is commonly involved (herpes zoster ophthalmicus). Early diagnosis before eruption of vesicles can be difficult and symptoms may be confused with other neurologic disorders. We present a patient with herpes zoster ophthalmicus who presented with face and neck pain associated with visual symptoms mimicking carotid artery dissection. Atypical presentation and benefits of early antiviral treatment are discussed.