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Ramsay Hunt syndrome with facial vesicular rash: a unique clinical presentation in a kidney transplant patient.

Abstract
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS) is the result of herpes zoster virus reactivation producing hearing loss, pain and vesicles in the ear or mouth, along with ipsilateral facial palsy due to the 7th cranial nerve geniculate ganglion infectious involvement. This condition has not been previously described, particularly in transplant patients. A 38-year old man underwent kidney transplantation and two years later experienced an ache on the left side of the face and hearing loss in the ear, also exhibiting vesicular lesions and concomitant facial peripheral palsy. Acyclovir IV was initiated, and the prednisone dose was increased. The patient was discharged 15 days later, feeling better but still exhibiting dark spots on his face. At three months follow-up he was asymptomatic, showing notable palsy improvement. Until this case, herpes zoster facial lesions causing typical RHS have never been reported in literature, particularly in kidney transplant patients.
AuthorsCarlos Abaeté de los Santos, Ivan Carlos Ferreira Antonello, Vicente Sperb Antonello, Florência Barreiro
JournalJournal of infection in developing countries (J Infect Dev Ctries) Vol. 8 Issue 7 Pg. 923-4 (Jul 2014) ISSN: 1972-2680 [Electronic] Italy
PMID25022306 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)

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