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varicella zoster

Cybele Lara Abad, Raymund R Razonable
The α herpes viruses HSV-1, HSV-2, and VZV often reactivate in the setting of immune suppression after solid organ transplantation. Oral or genital mucocutaneous disease is the most common clinical manifestation of HSV disease while VZV manifests as varicella (or chickenpox) or reactivation herpes zoster, characterized by a diffuse rash, or a painful unilateral vesicular eruption in a dermatomal distribution, respectively. The diagnosis of HSV and VZV is primarily based on history and clinical presentation, although diagnostic tests may be necessary for atypical presentations of disease...
September 2016: Seminars in Nephrology
Fawziah Marra, Mei Chong, Mehdi Najafzadeh
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have shown an increasing incidence of herpes zoster (HZ) infection, which may be related to the introduction of varicella vaccination programs in children. We examined the epidemiology and treatment costs of HZ and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) over time in British Columbia, Canada. METHODS: The cohort consisted of all cases with HZ infection from January 1, 1997 and December 31, 2012. Incident zoster was defined as a case (ICD-9 053 or ICD-10 B02) without a previous episode of HZ or PHN in the previous 12 months...
October 20, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Qian Qi, Mary M Cavanagh, Sabine Le Saux, Lisa E Wagar, Sally Mackey, Jinyu Hu, Holden Maecker, Gary E Swan, Mark M Davis, Cornelia L Dekker, Lu Tian, Cornelia M Weyand, Jörg J Goronzy
Vaccination with attenuated live varicella zoster virus (VZV) can prevent zoster reactivation, but protection is incomplete especially in an older population. To decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying variable vaccine responses, T- and B-cell responses to VZV vaccination were examined in individuals of different ages including identical twin pairs. Contrary to the induction of VZV-specific antibodies, antigen-specific T cell responses were significantly influenced by inherited factors. Diminished generation of long-lived memory T cells in older individuals was mainly caused by increased T cell loss after the peak response while the expansion of antigen-specific T cells was not affected by age...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Sergio Pina-Oviedo, Carlos A Torres-Cabala, Roberto N Miranda, Michael T Tetzlaff, Selina Singh, Ronald P Rapini, Victor G Prieto, Phyu P Aung
Leukemia cutis develops in <4% of all acute leukemias. Concurrent acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is rare, with most cases involving lymph nodes or spleen, and no cutaneous involvement. We report the case of a 59-year-old man who presented with fever, malaise, and fatigue. The CBC showed leukocytosis (30.4 × 10/L, 9% blasts), anemia, and thrombocytopenia. Bone marrow biopsy was diagnosed with AML, not otherwise specified, with mutations of FLT3 and IDH2 (R140Q). The patient developed skin rash on the right flank with the clinical differential diagnosis of herpes simplex virus or varicella-zoster virus infection/reactivation versus leukemia cutis...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
André Huss, Mathias Buttmann, Isabel Brecht, Andreas Weishaupt, Markus Otto, Hayrettin Tumani
OBJECTIVES: Beside the determination of oligoclonal bands (OCBs) as a diagnostic biomarker in multiple sclerosis (MS), the presence of an intrathecal production of antibodies against the neurotropic viruses measles (M), rubella (R) and Varicella-Zoster (Z), the so called MRZ reaction (MRZR) is an even more specific diagnostic biomarker in MS. METHODS: We compared and validated the determination of the MRZR in 97 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum sample pairs of a bead-based multiplexing technique and a classical enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
October 19, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
K Gayathri, P K Ramalingam, Rpsp Santhakumar, B V Manjunath, N Karuppuswamy, B Vetriveran, S Selvamani, P Vishnuram, Kumar Natarajan
We present the case of a 23 year old with acute onset left hemiparesis and meningeal irritation, associated with recent history of chickenpox 15 days prior. Varicella-IgG and IgM was positive in the CSF and blood along with reduced serum/CSF ratios of VZV immunoglobulins. MRV showed thrombosis (CVT) of superior sagittal, transverse, right sigmoid sinuses with haemorrhagic infarct in right frontoparietal region. Patient responded well to intravenous heparin, Acyclovir and oral anticoagulant therapy.
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Ishita Chen, Raymond B Fohtung, Hanadi Ajam Oughli, Robert Bauer, Caline Mattar, William G Powderly, Mark S Thoelke
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS) is a rare complication of latent varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection that can occur in immunocompetent host. It usually involves ipsilateral facial paralysis, ear pain and facial vesicles. Disseminated herpes zoster is another complication of VZV infection typically seen in immunocompromised hosts. We describe a patient with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who presented simultaneously with RHS and disseminated herpes zoster. While other complications have been documented to coexist with RHS, to our knowledge, this is the first reported case in the literature of concurrent RHS with disseminated herpes zoster...
2016: IDCases
Paul A Granato, Marcia A DeGilio, Elsie M Wilson
BACKGROUND: The Lyra™ Direct HSV 1+2/VZV Assay is a moderately complex, multiplex PCR assay that qualitatively detects the presence of HSV 1, HSV 2, and VZV DNA in cutaneous and mucocutaneous specimens with a time-to-result of less than 60min. OBJECTIVES: To report a one-year laboratory experience using Lyra assay for testing cutaneous and mucocutaneous specimens for HSV and VZV that resulted in the unexpected detection of VZV in 14 male and female genital specimens...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
Seong-Won Min, Yung Suk Kim, Francis Sahngun Nahm, Da Hye Yoo, Eunjoo Choi, Pyung-Bok Lee, Hyunjung Choo, Zee-Yong Park, Catherine Seonghee Yang
Laboratory tests for herpes zoster (HZ) are required to confirm varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection, especially when a skin lesion is not typical or apparent. The serological test for VZV IgM antibody is simple and cost-effective; however, the change in the VZV IgM-positive rate over the time course of the disease has not been investigated. Therefore, we conducted an observational study to evaluate the positive rate of VZV IgM results during the time course of HZ and estimate the VZV IgM-positive period...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Lotte Møller Smedegaard, Anja Poulsen, Ines Ackerl Kristensen, Susanne Rosthøj, Kjeld Schmiegelow, Ulrikka Nygaard
BACKGROUND: Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) can be fatal or cause severe complications in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). This analysis set out to investigate the morbidity and mortality of VZV vaccination without interruption of maintenance therapy in children with ALL. METHODS: Files of 73 seronegative children with ALL were examined for data regarding VZV vaccination and infection, and long-term seroconversion was measured. Criteria before VZV vaccination were (1) seronegative, (2) in complete remission, (3) age ≥ 1...
November 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Mine Düzgöl, Gülcihan Özek, Nuri Bayram, Yeşim Oymak, Ahu Kara, Bengü Demirağ, Tuba Hilkay Karapınar, Yılmaz Ay, Canan Vergin, İlker Devrim
Primary Varicella Zoster Virus infection is a benign self-limited disease. In this study, we aimed to review our experience with focusing on the outcome and treatment of the varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection in pediatric malignancy patients. During the study period; a total of 41 patients with pediatric malignancy had been hospitalized with the diagnosis of VZV infection. All the patients were treated with intravenous acyclovir for a median of 7 days (ranging from 5 to 21 days). The calculated attributable delay of chemotherapy due to VZV infections was 8 days (ranging from 2 to 60 days)...
October 18, 2016: Turkish Journal of Haematology: Official Journal of Turkish Society of Haematology
Dorota G Piotrowska, Graciela Andrei, Dominique Schols, Robert Snoeck, Magdalena Łysakowska
Cycloadditions of N-substituted C-(diethoxyphosphoryl)nitrones to N-allylated quinazoline-2,4-diones functionalized at N3 with substituted benzoyl or benzyl groups proceeded with moderate to good diastereoselectivities (d.e. 28-68%). The synthesized isoxazolidine phosphonates were assessed for the antiviral activity against a broad range of DNA and RNA viruses. Compounds trans-13c, cis-13c/trans-13c (86:14), cis-15b/trans-15b (87:13) and trans-15d/cis-15d (95:5) exhibited the highest activity toward both TK(+) and TK(-) VZV strains (mean EC50 values in the range of 3...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Snehal Shah, Sasidhar Singaraju, A Einstein, Ashish Sharma
Herpes zoster or shingles is reactivation of the varicella zoster virus that had entered the cutaneous nerve endings during an earlier episode of chicken pox traveled to the dorsal root ganglia and remained in a latent form. This condition is characterized by occurrence of multiple, painful, unilateral vesicles and ulceration which shows a typical single dermatome involvement. In this case report, we present a patient with herpes zoster involving the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve, with unilateral vesicles over the right side of lower third of face along the trigeminal nerve tract, with intraoral involvement of buccal mucosa, labial mucosa and the tongue of the same side...
September 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
Isabel de de la Fuente Garcia, Léna Coïc, Jean-Marie Leclerc, Caroline Laverdière, Céline Rousseau, Philippe Ovetchkine, Bruce Tapiéro
BACKGROUND: The objective of this retrospective study was to assess protection against vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) in children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). PROCEDURE: Clinical characteristics and vaccination records were collected. Antibodies against VPDs were measured after completion of chemotherapy and after a booster dose of vaccine. Immunization status of household members was evaluated. RESULTS: Sixty children were included...
October 8, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Songtao Xu, Mukai Chen, Huanying Zheng, Haiyan Wang, Meng Chen, Jianhui Zhou, Wang Shuang, Pengbo Yu, Chaofeng Ma, Jilan He, Daxing Feng, Zhu Zhen, Zhang Yan, Mao Naiying, Aili Cui, Qiuhua Wu, Mengyuan Qi, Chongshan Li, Xiaoguang Xu, Wenbo Xu
BACKGROUND: In 2010, a universal nomenclature for varicella-zoster virus (VZV) clades was established, which is very useful in the monitoring of viral evolution, recombination, spread and genetic diversity. Currently, information about VZV clades has been disclosed worldwide, however, there are limited data regarding the characterization of circulating VZV clades in China, even where varicella remains widely epidemic. METHODS: From 2008 to 2012, clinical samples with varicella or zoster were collected in General Hospital in eight provinces and analyzed by PCR, restriction endonuclease digestion and sequencing...
October 7, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Alina Lelic, Chris P Verschoor, Vivian W C Lau, Robin Parsons, Carole Evelegh, Dawn M Bowdish, Jonathan L Bramson, Mark B Loeb
BACKGROUND:  Little is known about the immunogenicity of live-attenuated Oka/Merck varicella zoster vaccine (VZV) vaccine in frail nursing homes residents nor about immune phenotypes associated with a response. METHODS:  A cohort of 190 frail nursing home residents between the ages of 80 and 102 years and a cohort of 50 community dwelling seniors, ages 60 to 75 years, a comparison group, were vaccinated with the VZV vaccine. IFN-γ ELISpot assay was measured prior to and six-weeks following vaccination...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Theresa Mallick-Searle, Brett Snodgrass, Jeannine M Brant
Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a distinctive clinical condition caused by the reactivation of latent varicella zoster (chickenpox) virus following an initial infection. Approximately 1 million cases of herpes zoster occur annually in the US, and one in every three people develops herpes zoster during their lifetime. Postherpetic neuralgia is a neuropathic pain syndrome characterized by pain that persists for months to years after resolution of the herpes zoster rash. It stems from damage to peripheral and central neurons that may be a byproduct of the immune/inflammatory response accompanying varicella zoster virus reactivation...
2016: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Pooja Gupta, Rajeev Ranjan, C S Agrawal, K Muralikrishnan, Nikhil Dave, Davinder Singh Rana
Meningitis caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV) is quite rare among young immunocompetent adults though immunocompromised patients are often seen to be affected by reactivation of VZV presenting with primary clinical features of dermatomal rashes and neurological sequelae. Here, we report the clinical scenario of a young, healthy male who had presented with fever, headache, and onset of dermatomal rashes later than the fever and was eventually diagnosed to be a case of VZV meningitis. We would like to highlight the fact that even young immunocompetent patients though rarely, might contract VZV meningitis and clinicians should have a high index of suspicion and keen eyes to catch the more obvious features of VZV infection on complete physical examination and must not harbor any reservations in ordering polymerase chain reaction for VZV DNA or initiating aggressive antiviral therapy...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
D Topalis, S Gillemot, R Snoeck, G Andrei
Emergence of drug-resistance to all FDA-approved antiherpesvirus agents is an increasing concern in immunocompromised patients. Herpesvirus DNA polymerase (DNApol) is currently the target of nucleos(t)ide analogue-based therapy. Mutations in DNApol that confer resistance arose in immunocompromised patients infected with herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), and to lesser extent in herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), varicella zoster virus (VZV) and human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6). In this review, we present distinct drug-resistant mutational profiles of herpesvirus DNApol...
September 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Marie Szymanowski, Maria Salomon Estebanez, Raja Padidela, Bing Han, Karolina Mosinska, Adam Stevens, Lena Damaj, Florence Pihan-Le Bars, Emilie Lascouts, Rachel Reynaud, Catherine Ferreira, Claire Bansept, Pascale de Lonlay, Cécile Saint-Martin, Mark J Dunne, Indraneel Banerjee, Jean-Baptiste Arnoux
CONTEXT: Congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) is the commonest cause of persistent hypoglycemia in neonates and infants. In medically unresponsive CHI, subtotal pancreatectomy is performed to achieve euglycaemia with consequent diabetes in later life. Sirolimus, a mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor has been reported to obviate the need for pancreatectomy, but experience is limited. OBJECTIVE: We have investigated the efficacy and adverse effect profile of mTOR inhibitors in the treatment of severe CHI...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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