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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615901/varicella-zoster-virus-infection-of-the-central-nervous-system-10-year-experience-from-a-tertiary-hospital-in-south-india
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Ronald Albert Benton Carey, Vignesh Kumar Chandiraseharan, Anitha Jasper, Tunny Sebastian, Chrusolitha Gujjarlamudi, Sowmya Sathyendra, Anand Zachariah, Asha Mary Abraham, Thambu David Sudarsanam
INTRODUCTION: Varicella zoster virus is an exclusively human neurotrophic virus. The primary infection with the virus causes varicella. The virus remains latent in nervous tissue and upon secondary activation causes a variety of syndromes involving the central nervous system (CNS) including meningoencephalitis and cerebellitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, we looked at the epidemiology, clinical and laboratory features, and outcomes of patients who were admitted with varicella zoster of the CNS from 2005 to 2014...
April 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614529/facial-paralysis-due-to-ramsay-hunt-syndrome-a-rare-condition
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Aline Lariessy Campos Paiva, João Luiz Vitorino Araujo, Vinicius Ricieri Ferraz, José Carlos Esteves Veiga
Ramsay Hunt syndrome (or herpes zoster oticus) is a rare complication of herpes zoster in which reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus infection in the geniculate ganglion occurs. Usually, there are auricular vesicles and symptoms and signs such otalgia and peripheral facial paralysis. In addition, rarely, a rash around the mouth can be seen. Immunodeficient patients are more susceptible to this condition. Diagnosis is essentially based on symptoms. We report the case of a diabetic female patient who sought the emergency department with a complaint of this rare entity...
April 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608255/temporal-trends-in-herpes-zoster-related-hospitalizations-in-italy-2001-2013-differences-between-regions-that-have-or-have-not-implemented-varicella-vaccination
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Nicoletta Valente, Silvia Cocchio, Armando Stefanati, Tatjana Baldovin, Domenico Martinelli, Rosa Prato, Vincenzo Baldo, Giovanni Gabutti
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster (HZ) has a relevant impact on the population in terms of incidence and complications. AIMS: The aim of this study was to estimate the HZ-related hospitalization rates in Italy in the period 2001-2013, and to evaluate the trend of hospitalizations in the course of time pointing out any differences between regions that have or have not introduced universal childhood varicella immunization (UVI). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted on hospital discharge records contained in the national database of the Ministry of Health for the period January 2001-December 2013...
June 12, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592328/severe-varicella-zoster-virus-pneumonia-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Adrien Mirouse, Philippe Vignon, Prescillia Piron, René Robert, Laurent Papazian, Guillaume Géri, Pascal Blanc, Christophe Guitton, Claude Guérin, Naïke Bigé, Antoine Rabbat, Aurélie Lefebvre, Keyvan Razazi, Muriel Fartoukh, Eric Mariotte, Lila Bouadma, Jean-Damien Ricard, Amélie Seguin, Bertrand Souweine, Anne-Sophie Moreau, Stanislas Faguer, Arnaud Mari, Julien Mayaux, Francis Schneider, Annabelle Stoclin, Pierre Perez, Julien Maizel, Charles Lafon, Frédérique Ganster, Laurent Argaud, Christophe Girault, François Barbier, Lucien Lecuyer, Jérôme Lambert, Emmanuel Canet
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia is a dreaded complication of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection in adults; however, the data are limited. Our objective was to investigate the clinical features, management, and outcomes of critically ill patients with VZV-related community-acquired pneumonia (VZV-CAP). METHODS: This was an observational study of patients with VZV-CAP admitted to 29 intensive care units (ICUs) from January 1996 to January 2015. RESULTS: One hundred and two patients with VZV-CAP were included...
June 7, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566903/risk-factors-for-aseptic-meningitis-in-herpes-zoster-patients
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Sang-Hoon Kim, Seong-Min Choi, Byeong C Kim, Kang-Ho Choi, Tai-Seung Nam, Joon-Tae Kim, Seung-Han Lee, Man-Seok Park, Seong J Kim
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster (HZ) is caused by reactivation of latent varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection. HZ-associated aseptic meningitis, a rare complication of HZ, can require hospitalization and a long treatment period. OBJECTIVE: A retrospective study was performed to identify potential factors associated with HZ-associated aseptic meningitis development. METHODS: We included all outpatients and patients admitted in the neurology and dermatology departments of a single tertiary center, who were diagnosed with HZ for two years...
June 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550274/herpes-zoster-in-breast-cancer-a-case-report
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Darvishi Mohammad, Vasei Narges
There is little information on herpes zoster infection in breast cancer patients as a complication during adjuvant chemotherapy. We report a case of herpes zoster in a 65-year-old woman presented with low grade fever and vital signs together with skin symptoms such as severe edema, irritation and itching in the left breast where there was wound drainage. PCR test revealed varicella zoster virus. To the best of our knowledge, the histologic features coupled with PCR led to a diagnosis of herpes zoster.
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549561/lateral-thalamic-control-of-nociceptive-response-after-whisker-pad-injection-of-varicella-zoster-virus
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Phillip R Kramer, Crystal Stinson, Mikhail Umorin, Mohong Deng, Mahesh Rao, Larry L Bellinger, Michael B Yee, Paul R Kinchington
Pain is a common complication of herpes zoster (HZ) infection which results from reactivation of a latent varicella zoster virus (VZV). A third of HZ patients' progress to a chronic pain state known as post herpetic neuralgia (PHN), and about a quarter of these patients' have orofacial pain. The mechanisms controlling the pain responses are not understood. Studies suggest central pathways involving the thalamus could control pain related to HZ, and studies in our lab suggest (VGAT) in the lateral thalamus influences orofacial pain...
May 24, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501392/acute-retinal-necrosis-presenting-characteristics-and-clinical-outcomes-in-a-cohort-of-polymerase-chain-reaction-positive-patients
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Nicholas J Butler, Ahmadreza Moradi, Sherveen S Salek, Bryn M Burkholder, Theresa G Leung, James P Dunn, Jennifer E Thorne
PURPOSE: To identify determinants of adverse outcomes in acute retinal necrosis (ARN), presenting characteristics and incidence rates of vision loss and ocular complications in a cohort of polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-positive eyes were analyzed. DESIGN: Retrospective observational cohort study. METHODS: Forty-one eyes of 36 patients with clinically diagnosed ARN, PCR-positive for herpes simplex virus or varicella zoster virus and evaluated between January 2002 and June 2013, were included...
May 10, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498303/varicella-zoster-virus-associated-necrotizing-retinitis-after-chickenpox-in-a-10-year-old-female-a-case-report
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Yong Un Shin, Jihong Kim, Eun Hee Hong, Jieun Kim, Joo Hyun Sohn, Heeyoon Cho
A necrotizing retinitis in children is a rare but vision threatening ocular complication of chickenpox. We report a 10-year-old girl who developed chickenpox one month before presenting with panuveitis and necrotizing retinitis. After prompt antiviral treatment, her inflammatory signs were resolved. Early detection and treatment of varicellar zoster-associated necrotizing retinitis after chickenpox can achieve good visual outcome.
May 11, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486850/vaccine-profile-of-herpes-zoster-hz-su-subunit-vaccine
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Anthony L Cunningham, Thomas Heineman
Herpes zoster (HZ) causes an often severe and painful rash in older people and may be complicated by prolonged pain (postherpetic neuralgia; PHN) and by dissemination in immune-compromised patients. HZ results from reactivation of latent varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection, often associated with age-related or other causes of decreased T cell immunity. A live attenuated vaccine boosts this immunity and provides partial protection against HZ, but this decreases with age and declines over 8 years. Areas covered: A new HZ subunit (HZ/su) vaccine combines a key surface VZV glycoprotein (E) with a T cell-boosting adjuvant system (AS01B) and is administered by two intramuscular injections two months apart...
July 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481678/herpes-zoster-vaccine-a-health-economic-evaluation-for-switzerland
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Patricia R Blank, Zanfina Ademi, Xiaoyan Lu, Thomas D Szucs, Matthias Schwenkglenks
Herpes zoster (HZ) or "shingles" results from a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV) acquired during primary infection (chickenpox) and surviving in the dorsal root ganglia. In about 20% of cases, a complication occurs, known as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). A live attenuated vaccine against VZV is available for the prevention of HZ and subsequent PHN. The present study aims to update an earlier evaluation estimating the cost-effectiveness of the HZ vaccine from a Swiss third party payer perspective...
May 8, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466551/functionality-testing-of-stem-cell-grafts-to-predict-infectious-complications-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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J Nilsson, I Granrot, J Mattsson, B Omazic, M Uhlin, S Thunberg
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a routine clinical procedure performed to treat patients with haematological malignancies, primary immune deficiencies or metabolic disorders. Infections during lymphopenia after allogeneic HSCT are associated with high mortality and morbidity. Typical infectious agents are Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster virus and fungi. The study aim was to evaluate whether measurement of the responses of antigen-specific T-cells, recognizing infectious pathogens would correlate to protective functions in the stem cell recipient post-transplant...
May 2, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450196/receipt-of-thyroid-hormone-deficiency-treatment-and-risk-of-herpes-zoster
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Shao-Chung V Hsia, Lie Hong Chen, Hung-Fu Tseng
OBJECTIVE: Thyroid hormone (TH) has been suggested to control herpes virus gene expression and replication in neurons via epigenetics through its nuclear receptors. It has previously been shown that patients with hypothyroidism are predisposed to herpes zoster (HZ), suggesting that the TH deficiency may be a risk factor for varicella zoster virus (VZV) reactivation. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that TH treatment will ameliorate the complication of HZ. METHODS: This study investigated the hypothesis by enquiring into a comprehensive medical database at Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) to verify whether patients taking TH medication experience a reduction in HZ occurrence...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442812/ramsay-hunt-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
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Mrinal Gupta
Ramsay Hunt syndrome (RHS) is a rare, severe complication of varicella-zoster virus reactivation in the geniculate ganglion, characterized by hearing loss, pain, and vesicles in the ear or mouth along with ipsilateral facial palsy. Although it is rare, it is more commonly found with immunodeficiency conditions. We report a case of a 35-year-old human immunodeficiency virus positive male, having CD4+ count of 336/μl, who presented with RHS and had vertigo, painful vesicular eruptions on the right ear and unilateral sensorineural hearing loss...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388396/acute-facial-nerve-palsy-with-ipsilateral-soft-palate-ulcers
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Cédric Mauprivez, Clément Comte, Marc Labrousse, Roman H Khonsari
Ramsay-Hunt syndrome (RHS) is a rare complication of herpes zoster in which reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection occurs in the geniculate ganglion. Major clinical findings are peripheral facial nerve palsy accompanied by ipsilateral ear pain and erythematous vesicular rash on the external ear (herpes zoster oticus) and in the mouth. Thus, diagnosis of RHS is usually clinical. However, auricular herpetic eruption is not always present, making diagnosis more difficult. This report describes a case of RHS with left facial palsy without skin lesions in 60-year-old woman...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383421/varicella-zoster-virus-infection-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-in-children-using-a-relatively-short-duration-of-acyclovir-prophylaxis-a-retrospective-study
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Seung Beom Han, Seong Koo Kim, Jae Wook Lee, Dong-Gun Lee, Nack-Gyun Chung, Dae Chul Jeong, Bin Cho, Jin-Han Kang
Although acyclovir prophylaxis against varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection for ≥1 year is recommended after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), the emergence of acyclovir-resistant viruses and adverse drug effects cannot be ignored. We investigated the cumulative incidence of VZV infection after allogeneic HCT in children receiving a shorter duration of acyclovir prophylaxis than recommended and evaluated the appropriateness of the short duration of acyclovir prophylaxis.Medical records of 217 children who received allogeneic HCT were retrospectively reviewed until a median of 25 months (range = 1-59 months) after HCT...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364009/imaging-findings-in-patients-with-zoster-associated-plexopathy
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A S Zubair, C Hunt, J Watson, A Nelson, L K Jones
Herpes zoster is a reactivation of the latent varicella zoster virus. Among the complications of herpes zoster is zoster-associated limb paresis. The clinical and imaging features of patients with zoster-associated limb paresis due to plexopathies (zoster-associated plexopathy) have had limited description in the literature. The Mayo Clinic patient data base was searched by diagnostic code for patients diagnosed with herpes zoster between January 1, 1996, and September 30, 2012. Patients who met the inclusion criteria for zoster-associated limb paresis or herpes zoster with MRIs obtained were reviewed...
March 31, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358222/valacyclovir-as-initial-treatment-for-acute-retinal-necrosis-a-pharmacokinetic-modeling-and-simulation-study
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Tao Liu, Aabha Jain, Michael Fung, Christopher Vinnard, Vijay Ivaturi
PURPOSE: Acute retinal necrosis (ARN) is a feared complication of infectious retinitis most commonly caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV). We performed a pharmacokinetic modeling and simulation study by integrating the existing understanding of physiology with previously published data to evaluate the vitreal penetration of oral valacyclovir for the treatment of ARN, under various dosing scenarios. METHOD: We compared different oral valacyclovir dosing regimens with intravenous acyclovir...
March 30, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356523/orf7-of-varicella-zoster-virus-is-required-for-viral-cytoplasmic-envelopment-in-differentiated-neuronal-cells
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Hai-Fei Jiang, Wei Wang, Xuan Jiang, Wen-Bo Zeng, Zhang-Zhou Shen, Yi-Ge Song, Hong Yang, Xi-Juan Liu, Xiao Dong, Jing Zhou, Jin-Yan Sun, Fei-Long Yu, Lin Guo, Tong Cheng, Simon Rayner, Fei Zhao, Hua Zhu, Min-Hua Luo
Although a varicella-zoster virus (VZV) vaccine has been used for many years, the neuropathy caused by VZV infection is still a major health concern. Open reading frame 7 (ORF7) of VZV has been recognized as a neurotropic gene in vivo, but its neurovirulent role remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effect of ORF7 deletion on VZV replication cycle at virus entry, genome replication, gene expression, capsid assembly and cytoplasmic envelopment, and transcellular transmission in differentiated neural progenitor cells (dNPCs) and neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y (dSY5Y) cells...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339574/arm-paralysis-after-routine-childhood-vaccinations-application-of-advanced-molecular-methods-to-the-causality-assessment-of-an-adverse-event-after-immunization
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Jana Shaw, Neal A Halsey, Adriana Weinberg, D Scott Schmid, Kirsten St George, William C Weldon, Michael Jordan, Patrick W Bryant, Philip S LaRussa, Deborah Y Bradshaw, Theresa Harrington, Anne Gershon
Post-licensure surveillance for adverse events following immunizations (AEFI) can identify rare complications of vaccinations and rigorous vaccine adverse event causality assessments can help to identify possible causal relationships. We report the development of arm paralysis after varicella vaccination in a 1-year-old child. Paralysis was initially presumed to be due to vOka because of the temporal relationship between vaccination and onset of arm weakness; however, molecular studies identified wild-type varicella zoster virus VZV (WT-VZV) in the CSF, leading the authors to conclude that WT-VZV was the probable cause...
January 25, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
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