A Case of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome with Atypical Presentation
Kamil KAYAYURT, Ozcan YAVASI, Ozlem BILIR, Gokhan ERSUNAN, Baris GIAKOUP
Department of Emergency, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University Faculty of Medicine, Rize
Keywords: Facial palsy; Ramsay Hunt syndrome; varicella-zoster virus
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a rare complication of herpes zoster which results from the reactivation of the latent varicella-zoster virus in the geniculate ganglion. Although facial nerve is the most common affected nerve in Ramsay Hunt syndrome, other cranial and cervical nerves can also be affected. We present an atypical case of Ramsay Hunt syndrome in a 42-year-old male, with cervical nerve involvement. As spontaneous recovery rate in Ramsay Hunt syndrome is low, early diagnosis and treatment plays a key role in full recovery of paralysis.