Introduction

Ramsay Hunt syndrome (herpes zoster oticus) is caused by the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus in the geniculate ganglion of the seventh cranial nerve.

Epidemiology

  • Incidence: 3.00 cases per 100,000 person-years
  • Peak incidence: 70+ years
  • Sex ratio: 1:1
Condition Relative
incidence
Bell's palsy7.67
Ramsay Hunt syndrome1
<1 1-5 6+ 16+ 30+ 40+ 50+ 60+ 70+ 80+

Clinical features

Features

Management

Management
  • oral aciclovir and corticosteroids are usually given



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