Man, 46, With a Curious Ear Pain

Auerbach, Max
August 2011
Clinician Reviews;Aug2011, Vol. 21 Issue 8, p28
Academic Journal
The article discusses the case of a man who complained of right ear pain. The examiner noticed a small area of erythematous rash with vesicles on the ear lobe. In the differentials, otitis externa, Bell's palsy, and herpes zoster or shingles were eventually ruled out. The condition was diagnosed as Ramsay Hunt syndrome or geniculate herpes which is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, known simply as the cause of chicken pox. The virus becomes dormant in the dorsal root ganglion.


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