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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 971249, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/971249
Case Report

Pediatric Ramsay Hunt Syndrome: Analysis of Three Cases

Okmeydanı Training and Research Hospital ENT Clinic, Darülaceze Caddesi, Şişli, 34030 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 4 June 2015; Revised 1 August 2015; Accepted 19 August 2015

Academic Editor: Dimitrios G. Balatsouras

Copyright © 2015 İmran Aydoğdu 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.

Abstract

Ramsay Hunt syndrome (RHS) is a disorder characterized by herpetic eruptions on the auricle, facial paralysis, and vestibulocochlear dysfunction and is attributed to varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection in the geniculate ganglion. Although it is a common cause of acute peripheral facial paralysis, children are not usually affected. The diagnosis is based on history and physical findings. Treatment of RHS uses a combination of high-dose corticosteroids and acyclovir. This paper presents three cases diagnosed as RHS in the pediatric age group in association with the literature review. The aim of this paper is to emphasize the importance of careful examination and early initiation of therapy in suspected cases of RHS.