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Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome

Ramsay-Hunt syndrome is facial paralysis caused by the chicken pox virus (varicella).

Outcomes for Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome

Typically, grouped vesicles filled with fluid eventually burst leaving a scab. Eventually, the scabs slough and the skin heals. The hearing loss and/or tinnitus may or may not resolve. The balance disorder usually does get better with time. The same criteria that are used for surgical decompression of the facial nerve for Bell's palsy also apply to Ramsay-Hunt syndrome.