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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2014, Article ID 469565, 3 pages
Case Report

A Pediatric Case of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

1Muğla Sıtkı Koçman Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Orhaniye Mahallesi, Haluk Özsoy Caddesi, 48000 Mugla, Turkey
2Konya Necmettin Erbakan Üniversitesi, Meram Tıp Fakültesi, Yunus Emre Mahallesi, 42030 Konya, Turkey

Received 30 June 2014; Accepted 21 August 2014; Published 8 September 2014

Academic Editor: Juan I. De Diego

Copyright © 2014 Serhan Derin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ramsay Hunt syndrome (RHS) is characterized by facial paralysis, inner ear dysfunction, periauricular pain, and herpetiform vesicles. The reported incidence in children is 2.7/100,000. The pathogenesis involves the reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) in the geniculate ganglion of the facial nerve. The recovery rate is better in children than in adults. This paper discusses a 12-year-old girl with a rare case of peripheral facial paralysis caused by RHS and reviews the literature.