Which physical findings are characteristic of herpes zoster of maxillary branch of cranial nerve (CN) V?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Involvement of CN V2 is localized to the ipsilateral cheek, the lower eyelid, the side of the nose, the upper eyelid, the upper teeth, the mucous membrane of the nose, the nasopharynx, the tonsils, and the roof of the mouth. At times, only the oral mucous membrane is involved, and there are no cutaneous manifestations. Early preeruptive herpetic pain can simulate a severe toothache and result in unnecessary oral surgery or dental treatment.


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