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Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome


Synonyms of Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome
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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion
Ramsay-Hunt syndrome (RHS) is a rare neurological disorder characterized by paralysis of certain facial nerves (facial palsy) and a rash affecting the ear or mouth. Ear abnormalities such as ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss may be present. Ramsay-Hunt syndrome is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox in children and shingles (herpes zoster) in adults. In cases of Ramsay-Hunt syndrome, previously inactive varicella-zoster virus is reactivated and spreads to affect the facial nerves. The disorder is named after James Ramsay Hunt, a physician.

Organizations related to Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome
  • American Academy of Audiology
    11730 Plaza America
    Reston VA 20190
    Phone #: 703-790-8466
    800 #: 800-222-2336
    e-mail: info@audiology.org
    Home page: http://www.audiology.org
  • American Pain Society
    4700 West Lake Avenue
    Glenview IL 60025-1485
    Phone #: 847-375-4715
    800 #: --
    e-mail: info@ampainsoc.org
    Home page: http://www.ampainsoc.org
  • Jack Miller Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
    University of Chicago
    Chicago IL 60637
    Phone #: 773-702-5800
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: information-millercenter@neurology.bsd.uchicago.edu
    Home page: http://millercenter.uchicago.edu
  • VZV Research Foundation
    24 East 64th Street
    New York NY 10021
    Phone #: 212-371-7280
    800 #: 800-472-8478
    e-mail: vzv@vzvfoundation.org
    Home page: http://www.vzvfoundation.org



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