Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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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.

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American Pain Society
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VZV Research Foundation
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Email: vzv@vzvfoundation.org
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Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
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Jack Miller Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
University of Chicago
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Chicago, IL 60637
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Fax: (773)702-5577
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American Academy of Audiology
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Tel: (800)222-2336
Email: infoaud@audiology.org
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For a Complete Report

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