Glossopharyngeal Nerve and Vagus Nerve Palsies Associated with Influenza Vaccination

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    • Ishii Kazuhiro
    • Department of Neurology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan
    • Kanazawa Tomomi
    • Department of Neurology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan
    • Tomidokoro Yasushi
    • Department of Neurology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan
    • Tamaoka Akira
    • Department of Neurology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Abstract

We herein report the first case of glossopharyngeal nerve and vagus nerve palsies that appeared after an influenza vaccination. A 15-year-old boy developed dysphagia and dysarthria seven days after receiving an inoculation of the inactivated influenza vaccine. Massive intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) treatment was applied, as the patient's symptoms were considered to be immunological adverse effects of the influenza vaccine. He responded well to IVIg, and the symptoms immediately diminished. The mechanisms underlying the development of neurologic symptoms following vaccination are difficult to determine; however, providing immediate immunological treatment, such as IVIg, is effective and beneficial in countering these symptoms.<br>

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  • Internal Medicine

    Internal Medicine 53(3), 259-261, 2014

    The Japanese Society of Internal Medicine

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