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New-onset Bell’s palsy after neuroinvasive West Nile virus
  1. Michael Sam Rosenheck1,
  2. Christopher Higham1,
  3. Kaitlin Sanzone1 and
  4. Colleen Caprio2
  1. 1Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, New Jersey, USA
  2. 2Internal Medicine, Cooper University Health Care, Camden, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Sam Rosenheck; michaelrosenheck{at}gmail.com

Abstract

In this case report, a patient was diagnosed with new-onset Bell’s palsy 3 weeks after the onset of neuroinvasive West Nile virus. This was the second case report of West Nile virus-associated Bell’s palsy, highlighting the need to monitor these patients for peripheral neuropathies. This case report is also intended to raise awareness about the prevalence of West Nile virus in the USA.

  • Tropical medicine (infectious disease)
  • Infection (neurology)
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Cranial nerves

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  • Contributors MSR contributed substantively to the conception and design of this project. He also contributed to the writing and editing of the manuscript. He scheduled and led all meetings within the research team. He is the corresponding author. CH contributed substantively to the conception and design of this project. He also contributed to the writing and editing of the manuscript. He helped obtain informed consent from the patient. KS contributed substantively to the conception and design of this project. She also contributed to the writing and editing of the manuscript. CC contributed substantively to the conception and design of the project. She was the clinician presiding over the patient’s medical care during her hospital course. She helped edit the manuscript. She also helped obtain informed consent from the patient. All authors listed gave final approval of the version submitted, and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.