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Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

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(Herpes Zoster Oticus)

 

Definition

Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a combination of symptoms caused by the shingles virus. The virus infects a specific set of nerves that affect the ear, mouth, skin, and muscles of the face, neck, and scalp. The shingles virus is the same virus that causes chickenpox.
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Prevention

The herpes zoster vaccine may decrease the likelihood of getting shingles including Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
The vaccine is recommended for most people aged 60 years and older. People with a suppressed immune system should get the vaccine starting at age 50.
 

RESOURCES

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke
http://www.ninds.nih.gov

Ramsay Hunt
http://www.ramsayhunt.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Neurological Association
http://www.cnsfederation.org

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

References


Herpes zoster oticus. National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/ramsay2/ramsay2.htm. Updated February 14, 2011. Accessed March 12, 2014.


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Information. Ramsay Hunt website. Available at: http://www.ramsayhunt.org/info. Accessed March 12, 2014.


Shingles (herpes zoster). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/index.html. Updated January 10, 2011. Accessed March 12, 2014.


Sweeney CJ, Gilden DH. Ramsay Hunt syndrome. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2001;71(2):149-154.


Zoster. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated February 28, 2014. Accessed March 12, 2014.

 

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