Title:
Herpes zoster laryngitis and Ramsay-Hunt syndrome in a patient with chronic renal failure
Authors:
E. Koudounarakis, Z. Balamatsis, E. Xenaki and D. E. Kyrmizakis
Institutions:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, General Hospital of Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Keywords:
Herpes zoster; superior laryngeal nerve; Ramsay-Hunt syndrome; chronic renal failure
Pages:
293 - 295
Abstract:
Herpes zoster laryngitis and Ramsay-Hunt syndrome in a patient with chronic renal failure. Objective: We report on a clinical case of simultaneous and unilateral involvement of the facial and superior laryngeal nerve in a patient with chronic renal disease undergoing haemodialysis. Method: A 75-year-old man with chronic renal failure was referred to our department suffering from severe odynophagia. During flexible endoscopy, vesicles were found on the mucosa of his right supraglottic larynx. Two days later, peripheral facial nerve palsy with a mild auricular rash appeared in the patient. Results: The clinical presentation suggested varicella-zoster virus reactivation, which was confirmed serologically, and appropriate treatment was administered. Conclusions: Involvement of more than one cranial nerve in herpes zoster infection is possible, especially in vulnerable patients such as those with chronic renal failure. It is also important to suspect involvement of the superior laryngeal nerve in cases of odynophagia and throat pain, even when hoarseness is absent.
Issue:
Vol. 7, 2011, 4th trimester


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Herpes zoster laryngitis and Ramsay-Hunt syndrome in a patient with chronic renal failure