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Can a person recover from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?

My 33 year old daughter has a severe case of Ramsey Hunt Syndrome. This has continued side affects since March of 2011. In March 2011 she was hospitalized for 5 days. She went through theropy and the original sysmtems linger, come & go, and now 10 months later she is saying doctors think her brain, heart, spine, and liver have been affected by the ramsey hunt swelling. Should she recover?
Mon, 8 Jul 2019
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Hello,

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome by defintion is a rare neurological disorder characterized by paralysis of the facial nerve (facial palsy) and a rash affecting the ear or mouth.

There is NO LITERATURE that describes transport of the reactivated varicella virus to sites outside the central nervous system (specifically the 7th/8th cranial nerves).

Therefore, I would not link any residual symptoms of RH to anything of an inflammatory nature with the spine, heart, or liver.

RH is a self limited condition and does typically resolve with time although steroid therapy and antiviral treatment is believed to shorten the time to normal facial and otic (ear) function.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Dariush Saghafi, Neurologist
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