Case Report Ramsay Hunt Syndrome presenting as “a window’’ to HIV diagnosis in 48 year old African female: A case report

ABSTRACT

Background: Ramsay Hunt Syndrome in adults is reported in a number of case reports as an uncommon presentation of Varicella zoster Virus infection. Ramsay Hunt Syndrome occurs when there is reactivation of the latent Varicella zoster virus present in the ganglia due to previous varicella infection. Following a breakdown of the immune system, latent Varicella zoster infection can be activated. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection), causes immunosuppression and hence reactivation of Varicella zoster.