Herpes Zoster Oticus (Geniculate Neuralgia)

A syndrome characterized by facial palsy in association with a herpetic eruption of the external auditory meatus. This may occasionally be associated with tinnitus, vertigo, deafness, severe otalgia, and inflammation of the pinna. The condition is caused by reactivation of a latent HERPESVIRUS 3, HUMAN infection which causes inflammation of the facial and vestibular nerves, and may occasionally involve additional cranial nerves. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p757)
Also Known As:
Geniculate Neuralgia; Auricular Syndrome of Ramsay Hunt; Herpes Zoster Auricularis; Herpes Zoster Cephalicus; Herpetic Geniculate Ganglionitis; Ganglionitis, Herpetic Geniculate; Geniculate Ganglionitides, Herpetic; Geniculate Ganglionitis, Herpetic; Geniculate Neuralgias; Herpes Zoster, Geniculate; Herpetic Geniculate Ganglionitides; Neuralgias, Geniculate; Geniculate Herpes Zoster; Neuralgia, Geniculate; Ramsay Hunt Auricular Syndrome
Networked: 35 relevant articles (5 outcomes, 4 trials/studies)

Relationship Network

Disease Context: Research Results

Related Diseases

1. Paralysis (Palsy)
2. Facial Paralysis (Facial Palsy)
3. Herpes Zoster
4. Tics (Tic)
5. Hemifacial Spasm


1. Meigh, Kristin: 1 article (12/2015)
2. Sarma, Deepika R K: 1 article (12/2015)
3. Dasyam, Navya: 1 article (12/2015)
4. Balzer, Jeffrey: 1 article (12/2015)
5. Crammond, Donald: 1 article (12/2015)
6. Shankar, Preethi: 1 article (12/2015)
7. Sarma, Kanika R K: 1 article (12/2015)
8. Habeych, Miguel: 1 article (12/2015)
9. Thirumala, Parthasarathy: 1 article (12/2015)
10. Duransoy, Yusuf Kurtuluş: 1 article (08/2009)

Drugs and Biologics

Drugs and Important Biological Agents (IBA) related to Herpes Zoster Oticus:
1. Acyclovir (Aciclovir)FDA LinkGeneric
2. Gadolinium DTPA (Magnevist)FDA Link
3. Hunt's syndromeIBA
4. GadoliniumIBA
5. DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid)IBA
6. Collodion (Nitrocellulose)IBA
7. Tuberculin (PPD)IBA
8. Prednisone (Sone)FDA LinkGeneric
9. Prednisolone (Predate)FDA LinkGeneric
10. Immunoglobulin G (IgG)IBA

Therapies and Procedures

1. Decompression
2. Surgical Decompression
3. Ganglionectomy
4. Traction