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[Ramsay-Hunt syndrome associated to unilateral recurrential paralysis].

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Complejo Hospitalario Infanta Cristina, Facultativo Especialista de Otorrinolaringología, Badajoz.


Varicella herpes zoster (VZV) virus reactivaction can produce multiple neuropathies of the cranial and cervical region being the peripheral facial paralysys the most common one. We report one case of Ramsay-Hunt syndrome with eruption of vesicles on left auricular pinna and face besides facial palsy which associated to ipsilateral laryngeal or recurrential paralysis nonexisting previously. Our patient was treated by oral aciclovir (800 mg, 5 times daily) for 1 week. 3 months later she returned to Emergencies due to another cause and the ENT exploration showed a recovery in the mobility of the left cord but it persisted the affectation of VII pair, specially the inferior branch or cervicofacial. It is advised that the larynx should be examined in all cases of herpes zoster that involve the head and neck.

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