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Exp Clin Transplant. 2011 Dec;9(6):413-6.

Ramsay Hunt syndrome with atypical progress in a renal transplant recipient: a case report.

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Haydarpasa Numune Research and Training Hospital, Department of General Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey.


Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a rare complication of herpes zoster disease in which reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus infection occurs in the geniculate ganglion causing otalgia, unilateral vesicular eruption in a restricted dermatomal distribution, and peripheral facial paralysis. Dermal infections caused by human pathogenic herpes viruses are common in organ transplant recipients. For a transplant surgeon, it is imperative to remember that viral prophylaxis is essential in the follow-up of the transplant patients. Here, we presented a case of renal transplant and Ramsay Hunt syndrome with multiple cranial nerve involvement, with an atypical course. Management and differential diagnosis of this particular case are discussed with a review of the literature.

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