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Ramsay Hunt Type II: is caused by reactivation of the Varicella or Chickenpox virus in the geniculate ganglion, a collection of of nerve cells & fibers of the Facial Nerve. Prognosis depends on age, competence of immune system, extent & severity of impairments from Facial Nerve damage. Milder cases treated with antiviral medication & steroids within 3 days of symptom onset have a 70-75% chance of recovery. ...Read more
Herpes Infection: Ramsy-hunt syndrome is attributed to a herpes infection of the geniculate ganglion. It consists of facial palsy in combination with a herpetic eruption in in the external ear canal. Symptoms may include tinnitus (ringing in the ear), vertigo, deafness plus the facial weakness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Ramsy hunt occurs in people due to re-activation of the chicken pox virus. One typically sees clear painful vesicles arournd the ear canal along with weakness or paralysis of the face on the same side. Treatment begins early, within 72 hrs after onset with aniviral medication and sometimes steroids. The management depends upon the extent of involvment and the occurance of complications. ...Read more
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