Definition of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
A herpes virus infection of the geniculate nerve ganglion that causes paralysis of the facial muscles on the same side of the face as the infection. The geniculate ganglion is a sensory ganglion associated with the VIIth cranial nerve.
The Ramsay Hunt syndrome is usually associated with a rash and blisters.
There are three variations or types of Ramsay Hunt syndromes, including:
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome I
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome II
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome III