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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)

Abstract

Herpes zoster is the recidivans form of varicella-zoster virus infection. The primary infection varicella or chickenpox most commonly occurs as an acute childhood exanthem. Widespread introduction of a vaccine for this exanthem will alter the incidence of varicella, but it is uncertain what the long-term effect will be on the incidence of zoster. The virus establishes latent infection in sensory ganglia at the base of the brain and spinal column. As the cell-mediated immune response conferred at the time of primary infection wanes, the disease increases in incidence. Certain provoking factors and concomitant illness are associated with attacks.

Keywords

Herpes Simplex Virus Herpes Zoster Postherpetic Neuralgia Acute Herpes Zoster Silver Sulfadiazine 
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© Humana Press, Totowa, NJ 2006

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