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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343679/ramsay-hunt-syndrome-with-multiple-cranial-neuropathy-in-an-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-patient
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Divya Arya, Tushar Bajaj, Jose Gonzalez, Rene Elkin
BACKGROUND Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a rare otologic complication resulting from varicella zoster virus reactivation that can present with a myriad of clinical presentations. Most common being triad of ear pain, vesicles at auricle, and ear canal with same side facial palsy. CASE REPORT We report a case of a 29-year-old male with a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection who presented with left facial palsy, vesicles, pain in the left ear, dysphagia, dizziness, and headache resulting from multiple cranial nerves involvement such as cranial nerve V, VII, VIII, IX, and X...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303097/-abdominal-wall-paresis-as-a-complication-of-herpes-zoster
#2
B Geboers, C J Verveld, I Bronner, A H W van de Ven
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster is an illness which is especially common amongst the elderly in the Netherlands and which can express itself in various ways. Besides affecting sensory nerves, which leads to postherpetic pain, the varicella zoster virus may also invade motor nerves. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 73-year-old female went to the surgeon with symptoms of a painful swelling in the left lower abdomen. She had experienced herpes zoster at the site of the swelling a few months earlier...
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273597/intravenous-thrombolysis-for-stroke-and-presumed-stroke-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-adults-a-retrospective-multicenter-us-study
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Mahmoud A AbdelRazek, Jose Gutierrez, David Mampre, Anna Cervantes-Arslanian, Cora Ormseth, Diogo Haussen, Kiran T Thakur, Jennifer L Lyons, Bryan R Smith, Owen O'Connor, Joshua Z Willey, Farrah J Mateen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection has been shown to increase both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke risks, but there are limited data on the safety and outcomes of intravenous thrombolysis with tPA (tissue-type plasminogen activator) for acute ischemic stroke in HIV-infected patients. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of intravenous tPA-treated HIV patients who presented with acute stroke symptoms was performed in 7 large inner-city US academic centers (various search years between 2000 and 2017)...
January 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219830/a-rare-case-of-waterhouse-friderichsen-syndrome-during-primary-varicella-zoster-infection
#4
A F N Heitz, H M A Hofstee, L B S Gelinck, J B Puylaert
Primary Varicella zoster virus infection in adults is associated with a higher risk of complications when compared with the benign disease course of primary infection during childhood. We present a rare complication of adult primary Varicella zoster in the form of acute, irreversible adrenal insufficiency due to bilateral adrenal haemorrhage, which is also known as the WaterhouseFriderichsensyndrome.
October 2017: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219259/nursing-management-of-childhood-chickenpox-infection
#5
Grace Boyd, Paul Anthony Heaton, Rachel Wilkinson, Siba Prosad Paul
Chickenpox is an extremely contagious infectious disease caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV). It is a common childhood illness characterised by an itchy vesicular rash and fever, which usually resolves spontaneously without medical intervention. Serious, and rarely fatal, complications can occur, including pneumonia, central nervous system infection, overwhelming secondary bacterial infections, especially with Group A streptococcus, and necrotising fasciitis. Therefore it is crucial that emergency department (ED) nurses can recognise the signs and symptoms that indicate deterioration...
December 8, 2017: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192574/-a-woman-with-skin-rash-and-dyspnoea
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J L J Hanssen, N M Delfos
We present a 36-year-old woman who was born and raised in Hongkong but currently lived in the Netherlands. She was admitted with a varicella-zoster virus (VZV) primo-infection complicated by pneumonia and hepatitis. The patient was successfully treated with aciclovir. Adult VZV primo-infections are uncommon in Dutch natives but occur more often in immigrants from countries with a temperate climate where less people are infected during childhood.
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177692/dermatological-complications-after-solid-organ-transplantation
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Luigi Naldi, Anna Venturuzzo, Pietro Invernizzi
Organ transplant recipients (OTRs) are a population at high risk for cutaneous adverse events. Their early recognition and appropriate treatment is an important component of the clinical management of OTRs and should be optimally dealt with by dermatologists working in the context of a transplant dermatology clinic. Skin examination should be a standard procedure before performing organ transplantation to assess conditions which may be difficult to manage after the transplant procedure has been performed or which may represent a contraindication to transplantation, e...
November 25, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159001/a-unique-case-of-acute-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-secondary-to-primary-varicella-zoster-virus-infection
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Syed F Imam, Omair Ul Haq Lodhi, Zainab Fatima, Saneeya Nasim, Waseem T Malik, Muhammad Sabih Saleem
Primary varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection, predominantly in the pediatric population, presents with pyrexia and a classic pruritic vesicular rash. In adults, although less common, it is more severe and linked to more complications. Neurological complications, which account for less than 1% of all VZV complications, include meningitis, encephalitis, arterial vasculopathy, and venous thrombosis. We present a case of a 39-year-old male who developed extensive cerebral venous sinus thrombosis following primary VZV infection...
September 16, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081071/herpes-zoster-meningitis-in-immunocompetent-children-two-case-reports-and-a-literature-review
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Naohiro Itoh, Kouji Motokura, Akira Kumakura, Daisuke Hata, Atsuko Hata
We encountered two cases of Herpes zoster (HZ) meningitis, a rarely occurring complication of HZ, in previously healthy children. One patient treated with i.v. acyclovir (ACV, 31 mg/kg/day) did not recover. His symptoms were relieved somewhat by increased ACV dosage, but it caused transient renal dysfunction. Another patient treated with i.v. ACV (30 mg/kg/day) recovered. Treatment for HZ meningitis in immunocompetent children has not been established. In a literature review, 80% of 20 patients were treated with the usual dose of ACV 15-30 mg/kg/day...
October 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047317/varicella-and-herpes-zoster-vaccine-development-lessons-learned
#10
Charlotte Warren-Gash, Harriet Forbes, Judith Breuer
Before vaccination, varicella zoster virus (VZV), which is endemic worldwide, led to almost universal infection. This neurotropic virus persists lifelong by establishing latency in sensory ganglia, where its reactivation is controlled by VZV-specific T-cell immunity. Lifetime risk of VZV reactivation (zoster) is around 30%. Vaccine development was galvanised by the economic and societal burden of VZV, including debilitating zoster complications that largely affect older individuals. Areas covered: We describe the story of development, licensing and implementation of live attenuated vaccines against varicella and zoster...
December 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023181/review-for-disease-of-the-year-varicella-zoster-virus-induced-anterior-uveitis
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Ilknur Tugal-Tutkun, Luca Cimino, Yonca Aydin Akova
Varicella zoster virus (VZV)-induced anterior uveitis (AU) may complicate the course of primary varicella infection typically seen in children. In adults, especially with advanced age, VZV AU is more commonly associated with herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO) with or without skin rash affecting the distribution of the ophthalmic nerve due to reactivation of the latent VZV in the trigeminal ganglion. While it is typically a mild self-limiting AU in primary infection, HZO AU is often accompanied by keratitis, may have a chronic recurrent course, and lead to sectoral iris atrophy, pupillary distortion, and ocular hypertension...
October 12, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968855/cytokines-produced-in-response-to-varicella-zoster-virus-infection-of-arpe-19-cells-stimulate-lymphocyte-chemotaxis
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Chiharu Graybill, David J Claypool, John T Brinton, Myron J Levin, Katherine S Lee
Posterior uveitis is an ocular complication that can occur with reactivation of varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It may lead to loss of vision due to retinal detachment and chronic inflammation, which often causes more severe disease than the virus infection itself. To increase our understanding of the immune response, we infected the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell line, ARPE-19, with cell-associated VZV and compared its response to that of the MeWo cell line using multiplex assays. We observed (1) a difference in the magnitude and kinetics of cytokine responses between the 2 cell types and (2) differential migration of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells towards these cytokines...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967076/aflibercept-in-the-management-of-acute-retinal-necrosis-syndrome-related-macular-edema
#13
Leticia Ortega-Evangelio, Javier Navarrete-Sanchis, Basil K Williams, Juan Miguel Tomás-Torrent
PURPOSE: Acute retinal necrosis (ARN) is a panuveitis syndrome that may lead to severe complications such as cystoid macular edema (CME). There is no consensus about the best treatment. We report one case of CME secondary to ARN managed with intravitreal aflibercept. CASE REPORT: A 41-year-old woman with a history of successfully treated varicella-zoster virus-associated ARN developed an epiretinal membrane (ERM) and underwent pars plana vitrectomy, ERM removal, inner limiting membrane peel, and lensectomy...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905216/slowly-progressing-varicella-zoster-brainstem-encephalitis-complicating-ramsay-hunt-syndrome-in-an-immunocompetent-patient-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#14
Vito A G Ricigliano, Lorenzo Saraceno, Michele Cavalli, Mariaemma Rodegher, Giovanni Meola
A 56-year-old immunocompetent male developed brainstem encephalitis complicating Ramsay Hunt syndrome. The disease had a slowly progressing course of months after the triggering infection, much longer than previously reported. Furthermore, magnetic resonance imaging, physical-chemical, and cell count analyses on cerebrospinal fluid were normal, whereas polymerase chain reaction for varicella zoster virus DNA was positive. The simultaneous negativity of both imaging and basic CSF exams is very rare, although possible event which confirms the irreplaceable role of viral screening on CSF...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900551/appendicitis-caused-by-primary-varicella-zoster-virus-infection-in-a-child-with-digeorge-syndrome
#15
Lotte Møller Smedegaard, Claus Bohn Christiansen, Linea Cecilie Melchior, Anja Poulsen
INTRODUCTION: Chickenpox is caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV). Although predominantly a mild disease, it can cause considerable morbidity and in rare occasions even mortality in healthy children as well as increased morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. The aetiology of appendicitis is largely unknown but is thought to be multifactorial. Appendicitis is a suspected, but not well documented, complication from varicella zoster virus infection. CASE PRESENTATION: A five-year-old girl diagnosed with DiGeorge syndrome and a prolonged primary VZV infection was admitted due to abdominal pain, increasing diarrhoea, vomiting, and poor general condition...
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895088/prevalence-of-a-history-of-prior-varicella-herpes-zoster-infection-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Ali Manouchehrinia, Radu Tanasescu, Huner Kareem, Oltita P Jerca, Fouzia Jabeen, Rachelle Shafei, Judith Breuer, Keith Neal, William Irving, Cris S Constantinescu
Varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection has been implicated in multiple sclerosis (MS), but direct causal involvement has been disputed. Nevertheless, knowledge of VZV exposure is important, given the risk of serious complications of first exposure while undergoing immunosuppressive treatment, in particular with fingolimod. We distributed questionnaires to MS clinic patients, requesting information about history of chickenpox, sibling/household/occupational exposure, history of zoster (shingles), and disease-modifying treatment...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28839425/ramsay-hunt-syndrome-a-diagnostic-challenge-for-general-dental-practitioners
#17
Gautham Singh, V Subhalakshmi, S Balasubramanian, Madhvika Patidar, Kranti Kiran Reddy Ealla
Ramsay hunt syndrome is not just a syndrome but it's rather an infectious disease caused by reactivation of latent varicella-zoster virus in geniculate ganglion. This was first explained by J. Ramsay Hunt as a triad of complications like otalgia, mucosal and cutaneous rashes with or without trigeminal facial palsy. The facial palsy can occur with characteristic vesicles along the path of nerve. We present a case of Ramsay Hunt syndrome in a 48-year-old male. The unilateral pattern of facial involvement and presence of vesicles assisted us for early diagnosis, distinguishing the syndrome with diseases mimicking other severe neurological illnesses and prompt treatment...
April 2017: Contemporary Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834054/herpesviruses-excretion-in-saliva-of-pediatric-transplant-recipients
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Consuelo Beatriz Correa Sierra, Vivian Kourí Cardellá, Lissette Pérez Santos, Cesar E Silverio, Norma Hondal, Jose Florin
BACKGROUND: Saliva samples could be used for follow-up of herpesviruses infection in the pediatric transplant recipients. OBJECTIVE: With the aim of determining the frequency of herpesviral infections in saliva samples after transplantation, and the association with viremia and complications, a pilot longitudinal follow-up of pediatric Cuban transplanted recipients (kidney and liver) was performed. METHODS: Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction of cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein-Barr virus, herpes simplex virus, human herpesevirus-6 (HHV6), varicella zoster virus, and human herpesvirus-8 were serially assayed in saliva and serum samples from 27 transplanted patients, during 32 weeks after the graft...
August 21, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830902/zoster-vaccine-associated-primary-varicella-infection-in-an-immunocompetent-host
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Kaoru Harada, Henry Heaton, Jason Chen, Marietta Vazquez, Jaimie Meyer
A 64-year-old immunocompetent man developed a widespread pruritic and vesicular rash 2 weeks after receiving the zoster vaccine (Zostavax). He had fever, bandaemia with normal total white blood cell count and mild transaminitis. PCR testing of serum and skin was positive for varicella zoster virus (VZV), while serum VZV IgG was negative. The analysis of single nucleotide polymorphism by PCR and sequencing from the skin swab was consistent with the vaccine strain. The patient received 1 week of intravenous acyclovir and was discharged after all lesions had crusted...
August 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827121/a-scid-mouse-human-lung-xenograft-model-of-varicella-zoster-virus-infection
#20
Wei Wang, Dequan Pan, Wenkun Fu, Linli Cai, Jianghui Ye, Jian Liu, Che Liu, Xiumin Huang, Yanzhen Lin, Ningshao Xia, Tong Cheng, Hua Zhu
Varicella pneumonia is one of the most serious, potentially life-threatening complications of primary varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection in adults and immunocompromised individuals. However, studies on the lung pathogenesis of VZV infection as well as development and testing of antivirals have long been hindered by limited access to clinical samples and a lack of suitable animal models. In this study, we report for the first time the use of human lung xenografts in SCID mice for investigating VZV infection...
August 18, 2017: Antiviral Research
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