Korean J Audiol.  2012 Sep;16(2):80-82. 10.7874/kja.2012.16.2.80.

A Case of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome with Cranial Polyneuropathy

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Konkuk University Medical Center, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul National University, Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. yhkiment@gmail.com

Abstract

Ramsay Hunt syndrome is an infectious disease caused by the varicella zoster virus. It is characterized by the symptoms of facial paralysis, otalgia, and erythematous vesicular rash on the auricle and/or oral cavity. We present a case of a patient with clinical evidence of Ramsay Hunt syndrome involving the cranial nerves VI, VII, and VIII. The patient, a 66-year-old woman, showed left facial palsy associated with vesicular eruptions on her left auricle, impaired gaze to left side, and left hearing loss. Four months after the treatment with systemic steroid and antiviral agents, her all symptoms and signs including facial paralysis and diplopia disappeared.

Keyword

Ramsay Hunt syndrome; Cranial polyneuropathy; Steroid
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