Postgrad Med J 75:107-109 doi:10.1136/pgmj.75.880.107
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Unilateral facial ulceration and Horner's syndrome

  1. A M Loftusa,
  2. M O McCarronb,
  3. R N de Silvab,
  4. J Thomsona
  1. aDepartment of Dermatology, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF, UK, bDepartment of Neurology, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow G51 4TF, UK
  1. M O McCarron
  • Accepted 13 May 1998

A 55-year-old diabetic and hypertensive woman presented acutely with vertigo and vomiting. She had right-sided ataxia, horizontal right gaze-evoked nystagmus, and a right miosis. Later, a right ptosis was noted. Temperature and pinprick sensations on the right side of the face and left side of the body were disturbed. Examination of the precordium was normal. Computed tomography of the head showed moderate generalised cerebral atrophy and an old left occipital infarct. There was no evidence of brainstem or cerebellar haemorrhage.

Six months later the patient presented with excoriation and ulceration affecting the right eyelid, temple and frontal scalp. She complained of persistent itch in these sites. Swabs from the ulcerated areas were negative, including on viral culture. She was prescribed …