Justin Bieber posted a video on his Instagram profile of him, in which he explained to fans why he had to cancel his tour dates. In the video, Bieber explains that he is no longer able to close one eyelid, that of his right eye, and that the same side of his face is practically paralyzed due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a complication of shingles that can lead to a temporary facial paralysis and hearing loss, which can become permanent in rare cases.
The artist announced Tuesday that he had to cancel the upcoming shows of his he Justice World Tour. He explained: "I have Ramsay Hunt syndrome linked to a virus attacking the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves causing facial paralysis.
For those who are sorry for the cancellations of my upcoming shows, I can say that I am obviously not able to make a performance. It will get better, I'm doing a lot of exercises to get my face back to normal it will take some time."
What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
Ramsay Hunt syndrome type I is a rare, degenerative neurological disorder characterized by myoclonic epilepsy, essential tremor, progressive ataxia, and sometimes cognitive impairment.
It is also called Hunt's myoclonic cerebellar dyssynergy, progressive cerebellar dysynergy, and Ramsay Hunt's cerebellar syndrome. The name derives from James Ramsay Hunt, who first described, in 1921, a case of progressive cerebellar dysynergy associated with myoclonic epilepsy.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome type II is a neurological syndrome characterized by skin manifestations affecting the ear and ipsilateral facial nerve deficiency in herpes zoster oticus.
It is caused by the localization of the varicella-zoster virus in the geniculate ganglion.
Symptoms are characterized by a painful rash with blisters in the auricle, external auditory canal, tympanic membrane and palate, associated with peripheral paralysis of the facial nerve. There may be loss of taste in the anterior two thirds of the tongue.
The prognosis is good as regards skin lesions, but variable, with possible outcomes, as regards peripheral facial nerve paralysis.