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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-55

Herpes zoster: Report of a treated case with review of literature


1 Professor and Head, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology Hazaribag Institute of Dental Sciences, Hazaribag, Jharkhand, India
2 Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, St Joseph Dental College, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Reader, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, St Joseph Dental College, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India
4 Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, SVS Institute of Dental Sciences, Mahabubnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Praveen Kumar Balmuri
Reader, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, St Joseph Dental College, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh
India
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Herpes zoster is a localized, generally painful cutaneous eruption that occurs most frequently among older adults and immunocompromized persons. It is caused by reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) Approximately one in three persons will develop zoster during their lifetime. A common complication of zoster is postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a chronic, often debilitating pain condition that can last months or even years. The risk for PHN in patients with zoster is 10 to 18%. Approximately 3% of patients with zoster are hospitalized. Death attributable to zoster are common among immunocompromized persons. Prompt treatment with the oral antiviral agents, corticosteroids and analgesics decreases the severity and duration of acute pain from zoster. This article reviews herpes zoster and reports one such case, which was treated successfully without any complications.


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