Herpes Zoster

  • Kenneth Schmader


Herpes zoster is a neurocutaneous disease caused by the reactivation of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) from a clinically latent state in dorsal sensory or cranial ganglia. VZV reactivation preferentially affects elderly persons and usually results in dermatomal pain and a vesicular skin eruption. Zoster has been recognized since ancient times but only recently have large numbers of persons experienced the disease, owing to population aging and increasing numbers of immunosuppressed hosts. Although a scourge for the patient, zoster is a remarkable phenomenon for clinical observers. Dr. Hope-Simpson said it best when lecturing at the Royal College of Physicians in England, “Herpes zoster is fascinating because it arrives unpredictably, is readily diagnosed—a rare pleasure for most of us—and difficult to explain.”1


Herpes Zoster Postherpetic Neuralgia Varicella Vaccine Oral Acyclovir Acute Herpes Zoster 
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