Justin Bieber in a video showed his face semi-paralyzed due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome, announced that he had to cancel some dates of his Justice World Tour. He said: "As you can see from my face, I have Ramsay Hunt syndrome linked to a virus which attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves causing paralysis of the face.
The situation is serious. Obviously I am unable to perform. My body tells me I have to stop and then go back to 100%. I'm doing facial exercises to improve." recounting his situation, he asked to the fans: "Pray for me, remember me in your prayers."
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.
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.