Concurrent pityriasis rosea and Bell's palsy.

Research paper by Vanessa V Voss, Adam A Mattox, Mary M Guo

Indexed on: 25 Jan '17Published on: 25 Jan '17Published in: BMJ case reports


Pityriasis rosea is a dermatological disease with a well-documented clinical appearance, but less is known about causes and treatment. Bell's palsy is a neurological condition leading to acute idiopathic hemifacial paralysis. Recent studies indicate that human herpesvirus (HHV) 6-7 reactivation may be a contributing factor to both conditions. We report a case of the 2 concurrent diagnoses that supports a common contributing factor and suggests further awareness and research into the role HHV 6-7 may play in the aetiology of both conditions.