Justin Bieber paralyzed in half of the face: he has a rare syndrome

Singer Justin Bieber, who has just canceled two concert dates in Toronto (Canada), announced on his Instagram account on Friday that he suffered from a rare syndrome paralyzing one side of his face, forcing him to cancel the sequel. of his tour.

Hello everyone (…) as you can see on my face, I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt“, explains the world star on a video posted on his account to 240 million subscribers.

There’s complete paralysis on this side of my face“, continues the Canadian, showing that he only manages to wink with one eye, or to smile only on one side of his mouth.

So for those who are frustrated with the cancellations of my upcoming shows, I’m just not physically able to do them. It’s pretty serious as you can see“, adds the 28-year-old singer.

While his Justice World Tour was to stop Monday and Tuesday in New York, at the famous Madison Square Garden, then continue on several dates in the United States before leaving for Europe, Justin Bieber gave no indication of a resumption of his tour.

It had already been postponed twice due to the pandemic and the cancellation of the concerts in Toronto angered some fans on social media.

The Canadian singer had been nominated in eight categories at the Grammy Awards this year but he had not won any awards. He received two throughout his career.

What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?

Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a complication of shingles that occurs when a flare-up affects the facial nerve near one ear. In addition to facial paralysis, it can cause hearing loss.

This syndrome “is often accompanied by other cranial nerve damage”, can we read on Orpha.net. The site states that patients manifest “a painful erythematous vesicular rash that affects the outer and inner part of the ear” and facial paralysis on the same side.

Other common clinical signs are hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, nausea, vomiting and nystagmus (an involuntary rhythmic oscillation of one or both eyes).

Ramsay-Hunt syndrome type 2 has an annual incidence rate of 3.2 to 4.2 cases per 1,000 people, according to a report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), the results of which were relayed by Actualité Canada.

The Canadian site obtained the opinion of Dr. Kashif Pirzada, an emergency doctor. “Usually it affects people with compromised immune systems and the elderly“, explains the expert. The latter declared that he was “very unusual“that someone of Justin Bieber’s age has this syndrome.

This Ramsay-Hunt syndrome is most often treated with antiviral drugs. “Full recovery can occur within a few weeks“.

It can be quite disabling, it can cause a change in your voice. It can cause dizziness, dizziness, balance problems and hearing problems.

According to the JAMC, if treatment is started within three days of diagnosis, paresis or partial paralysis,”75% self-resolves“. If treatment begins between 4 and 7 days after diagnosis, or more than 8 days, “the paresis is resolved at 48 and 30%, respectively.

However, in the most severe cases, “some people never regain full control of the affected part of their face“, says the doctor. But most people recover completely, he adds.

The “Peaches” singer said he does facial exercises and takes time to “rest and relax and come back to 100%“.


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