Otology Japan
Online ISSN : 1884-1457
Print ISSN : 0917-2025
ISSN-L : 0917-2025
New therapeutic strategy for Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
Masato Teraoka
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2023 Volume 33 Issue 3 Pages 147-150


Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS) is a major factor causing the impaired quality of life of patients due to severe facial paralysis, so more effective treatments are desired. To overcome RHS, it is important to (1) enable early diagnosis and early treatment, (2) develop a new antiviral treatment and (3) prevent its onset. Early diagnosis is essential to begin treatment at an early stage; however, it is difficult to distinguish RHS from Bell’s palsy at the first visit, particularly in atypical cases without a skin vesicle, called “zoster sine herpete”. It is also desirable to educate the public to visit an otolaryngologist promptly, so that patients with facial paralysis can receive the appropriate treatment. For RHS, the zoster vaccine is expected to suppress its incidence and reduce complications. Zoster vaccines are not yet well known in Japan and is hoped to have a more widespread use in the near future.

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