Robert D. Harrington, MD


Tympanic Membrane Perforation:An Unusual Complication of Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection

November 19, 2008

Otological complications associated with varicella-zostervirus infection are common; however, tympanic membraneinvolvement is rarely reported. We describe a patient withherpes zoster in whom hemorrhagic otitis media with tympanicmembrane perforation developed. To our knowledge,this is the first report of an HIV-infected patient with thisunusual presentation. [Infect Med. 2008;25:561-562]