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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
Which one?: Dr ramsay hunt described several conditions. The more famous is the herpes infection of the ear that can produce severe pain, vertigo, and loss of hearing. Another is a disorder of the cerebellum with balance problems that become progressive. Another is pain and numbness of the elbow down to the hand from injury to the ulnar nerve. ...Read more
Ramsay Hunt syndrome: RHS is due to a viral herpes zoster infection - also called shingles, in which the virus affects the facial nerve near the ear. There can also be a painful skin rash around the ear. In addition there can be facial weakness and sometimes hearing loss in the ear on the infected side. ...Read more
Face pain: First, confirm the accuracy of the diagnosis, since there are a number of causes of face pain. It would be helpful to see a neurologist to confirm. Second, see the national library of medicine entry about this syndrome. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002613/. ...Read more
Herpes zoster oticus: The virus causing problems in this case is not simplex but zoster, and the eruption may be seen over the ear, sort of like shingles. This affects the facial nerve, can cause local ear pain, and maybe affect hearing and balance. Typically, like most zoster infections runs its course and then remits, hopefully fully without post-herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more
Ramsay Hunt: Ramsay hunt syndrome is an acute peripheral facial neuropathy associated with erythematous vesicular rash of the skin of the ear canal and ear. It is usually quite painful due to the neuritis. It is usually due to the herpes zoster virus and can be treated with anti-viral medications and a medication for the pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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