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Varicella Zoster Virus Infection

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection, acquired through the respiratory route, causes varicella in children and zoster in adults. Varicella (chickenpox) is a benign exan- Varicella-zoster virus persists in the neurons of the spinal ganglia, less often in the ganglia of the trigeminal or the facial cranial nerves. Reactivated viruses may afflict the peripheral and the CNS, the skin and the blood vessels, in both immunocompetent and immuno-suppressed individuals.

Zoster and congenital malformations

Concerning a relationship between maternal zoster and CVS, there are some reports of infants with congenital malformations being born to mothers with a history of zoster during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (Webster and Smith, 1977 Brazin et al., 1979). But, in none of these cases was the diagnosis of shingles proven by laboratory investigation, and no case showed laboratory evidence of intrauter-ine infection with VZV. In a large prospective study of 366 pregnant women with zoster in pregnancy, no infants had clinical evidence of intrauterine infection (Enders et al., 1994). This confirmed the expert opinion zoster in pregnancy does not cause fetal sequelae.

Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus

This is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. It is thought that the initial infection with the virus occurs with an attack of childhood chickenpox and that the virus remains in the body in a latent form, subsequently to manifest itself as herpes zoster in some individuals. The virus appears to lodge in the Gasserian ganglion. The onset of the condition is heralded by headache and the appearance of one or two vesicles on the forehead. Over the next three or four days the vesicles multiply and appear on the distribution of one or all of the branches of the fifth cranial nerve. The patient can develop a raised temperature and usually experiences malaise and considerable pain. Sometimes a chickenpox-like rash appears over the rest of the body. The eye itself is most at risk when the upper division of the fifth nerve is involved. There might be vesicles on the lids and conjunctiva and, when the cornea is affected,punctate-staining areas are seen,...

Varicellazoster virus

Chickenpox (varicella) was rarely recognized until the sixteenth century. The name is thought to be derived from the Old English gican, meaning itch . While shingles (herpes zoster) has been recognized as a unique clinical entity, varicella was differentiated from smallpox by the English physician Heberden in 1767. The relationship between chickenpox and shingles was first noted in 1898 by the Hungarian pediatrician Bokay. In 1952, the American virologists Weller and Stoddard first isolated the etiologic agent of varicella and zoster, the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), in cell cultures from varicella vesicle fluid. Weller had been able to establish in 1958 that there were no biologic and immunologic differences between the viruses isolated from patients with varicella and subsequent zoster. In 1974, a live-attenuated varicella vaccine was established by a Japanese group under Takahashi after isolating and attenuating the virus from a child with chickenpox named Oka. Straus proved in...

Herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster (shingles) results when the viruses pass from the ganglia to the skin along the sensory nerves. It commonly occurs in adults, and the incidence increases in the elderly. Clinically, herpes zoster manifests with erythematous vesicles in the skin, associated with pain and sensory deficits in the dermatomes that correspond to the involved ganglia. Common sites are the thoracic dermatomes, the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve (ophthalmic zoster), and the somatosensory branch of the facial nerve (otic zoster). Notably, painful radicular neuropathy may occur in the absence of cutaneous changes. Postherpetic neuralgia is often a protracted disabling complication with severe pain and paresthesias. The pathology of herpes zoster is a radiculogangli-onitis with mononuclear cell infiltrates. In severe cases, the ganglia are hemorrhagic and necrotic, and the inflammation extends into the spinal cord. Granulomatous angiitis of the large arteries may complicate an...

Timing And Routes Of Transmission

The usual incubation period for varicella is 14 days, with extremes of 10-28 days (1). The virus is transmitted by the airborne route its source is thought to be the respiratory tract and skin of an infected individual. Although the virus spreads within the body mainly by cell-to-cell contact, cell-free virus is required for transmission from one patient to another. The skin blisters of varicella and zoster are full of cell-free infectious virus. Fortunately, the virus is rather labile, so it is not spread on clothing or other fomites. Transmission requires direct contact with an infected individual in the early stages of illness. Persons with zoster are capable of transmitting VZV to varicella susceptibles, although zoster patients are thought to be less infectious than varicella patients. Persons who have had varicella who are exposed to patients with VZV infections may have a boost in immunity to VZV in one study, about one-third of parents exposed to their children with varicella...

Risk Of Fetalneonatal Infection

In addition to postnatal spread by the airborne route, varicella may spread by the transplacental route from mother to infant. The transmission rate by this route is thought to be 25-50 this is lower than the rate of transmission following household exposure, which is closer to 90 (7). Women with active varicella at term are at risk of infecting their infants by the transplacental route as well as from exposure to external lesions following the baby's birth. It appears, however, that infants infected transpla-centally are most at risk to develop severe varicella (see below). Fortunately, the immune response of the mother can have an impact in mitigating the course of varicella in the infant. Administration of varicella-zoster immune globulin (VZIG) can also compensate for this response in the infant. The risk of infection of the offspring if the mother has gestational zoster appears to be minimal. This probably reflects the fact that individuals with zoster usually have high titers of...

Varicella occurring at every time of pregnancy

Pregnant women have to be advised to avoid exposure to chickenpox and zoster if the individual is non-immune or has an uncertain serologic status. VZV-specific IgG antibodies should be measured without delay in pregnant women exposed significantly to VZV and with a negative or indeterminate history of varicella (Fig. 3). Significant exposure means (i) household contact, (ii) face-to-face contact for at least 5min, or (iii) indoors contact for more than 15min (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2001). A woman has to be regarded as susceptible, if no antibodies can be detected or there is an indeterminate or unknown status of immunity. Antibodies detected within 7-10 days of contact must have been acquired before exposure. In case of negative, indeterminate or unknown serologic status, the administration of varicella-zoster immune globulin (VZIG) within 72 (-96) h has been recommended (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2001 Robert Koch-Institut, 2004). The...

Issues Facing the Field with Gene Modified ACT

One approach to improve the survival of CAR T cells is to engineer them into central memory cells, cells that presumably have already been selected for long-term survival. For example, it has been shown that endogenous cytotoxic CD4+ T cells specific for varicella zoster virus (VZV) can be engineered to express tumor-specific CARs, and that the VSV-specific T cells can be expanded in vivo by stimulation of their native receptor by administration of VZV vaccine, while retaining the ability of the VZV-CAR CD4+ T cells to recognize and lyse tumor targets in a MHC-independent manner (Landmeier et al. 2007). Together, these results are important because tumor cells often have decreased expression of antigen-loaded MHC molecules, and low levels of stimulation in the context of the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment will promote loss of function of the T cells, or to poor persistence.

Management in Custody

Staff with shingles should stay off work until the lesions are healed, unless they can be covered. Staff who have had chickenpox are immune (including pregnant women) and are therefore not at risk. If they are nonimmune (usually accepted as those without a history of chicken pox), they should avoid prolonged contact with detainees with shingles. Pregnant nonimmune women should avoid contact altogether. severity of the disease, reduces the duration of viral shedding, hastens lesion healing, and reduces the severity and duration of pain. It also reduces the likelihood of developing postherpetic neuralgia (40). Prompt treatment with Famciclovir (e.g., 500 mg three times a day for 7 days) should be initiated if the onset is 3 d ays or less. It should also be considered after this time if the detainee is over age 50 years. Pregnant detainees with shingles can be reassured that there is minimal risk for both the mother and the unborn child. Expert advice should be given before initiating...

Infectious Complications

To assess the prophylactic role of IVIG in preventing serious infections, a prospective, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial including patients with stable phase MM was conducted.41 Patients were not eligible if they had early, progressive, or terminal MM or received any prophylactic antibiotics within the 2 weeks preceding study entry.41 Eighty-three patients were enrolled and randomized to receive IVIG 0.4 g kg or placebo (0.4 albumin) every 4 weeks for 1 year. Patients were stratified by baseline Ig levels. Severity of infection was prospectively defined major infections included culture positive sepsis or clinical sepsis syndrome without documented organism, meningitis, and pneumonia requiring hos-pitalization. Moderate infections consisted of acute bronchitis, upper respiratory or urinary tract infections, skin cellulitis or abscess, and localized zoster. Serious infections included all those considered major or moderate, whereas infections were...

Treatment of Infection

Chloramphenicol is rarely used as a systemic drug nowadays, but it has been useful for many years in the form of eye drops. It remains a drug of choice in the UK for superficial eye infections. Other broad-spectrum antibiotics in use include gentamycin, framycetin, tobramycin and neomycin, as well as ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin. When an infection of the eye is suspected, a culture is taken from the conjunctival sac and treatment started with a wide-spectrum antibiotic. Systemic and intravitreal administration might be needed if the infection is intraocular. A number of antiviral drugs are now available, but acyclovir in the form of Zovirax ointment is the most widely used treatment of herpes simplex keratitis. The use of systemic acyclovir and famcyclovir for herpes zoster ophthalmicus has made a great impact on the severity of ocular complications.

Topical Preparations Of Local Anesthetics

Topical preparations of local anesthetics may be effective for neuropathic pain when there is localized allodynia or hypersensitivity. Topical blockade of small-and large-fiber nerve endings should reduce mechanical and thermal allodynia. A topical lidocaine patch (Lidoderm 5 lidocaine) has become available, which can be applied to painful areas in shingles (herpes zoster) and in more chronic forms of neuropathic pain such as DN or the ischemic neuropathies created by prolonged

Risk Of Maternal Infection During Pregnancy

There is little information on the risk of developing zoster during pregnancy. A few studies have suggested that the incidence is about the same as that of varicella in pregnancy (7). The course of illness is not more severe in pregnant women, and as is discussed next, there is little if any risk to the fetus and newborn infant. Fig. 1. Diagrammatic representation of transmission of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and VZV antibody to the fetus in maternal varicella near term. (1) When the infant is born during the maternal incubation period, no varicella occurs unless the infant is exposed postnatally to the infection. (2) When the infant is born 0-4 days after onset of maternal varicella, disseminated varicella may develop because the infection will not be modified by maternal antibody. The onset of the varicella occurs between 5 and 10 days of age. (3) Infants born 5 days or more after maternal varicella receive maternal antibody, which leads to mild infection. This diagram is based on...

Defects in Cellular Immunity

Infections associated with impaired cellular immunity such as tuberculosis, cryptococcosis, listeriosis, and herpes zoster have been reported in CLL patients even before intensive therapy was available and before techniques were available to identify specific components of cellular immunity. Prominent among these abnormalities are decreased concentrations of circulating CD4+ lymphocytes, which may occur secondary to the disease process but are a significant consequence of therapy with purine analogs.

Definition frequency and pathogenesis

After reviewing the literature, the CVS has not been so rarely reported as formerly assumed. This syndrome has been variously referred to as fetal varicella syndrome'', ''congenital varicella-zoster syndrome'', varicella embryo-fetopathy'', varicella embryopathy and varicella fetopathy''. Finally, the term fetal varicella-zoster syndrome has been proposed in view of the pathogenesis of this condition as well as for the clear differentiation from ''congenital varicella'' occasionally used for intrauter-ine-acquired neonatal varicella'' (Higa et al., 1987 Birthistle and Carrington, 1998). The route of fetal infection is considered to be transplacental. Ascending infection from the epithelium of the cervix uteri is also conceivable (Birch et al., 2003). Pathogenic mechanisms leading to several organ injuries of CVS are in close relationship with the neurotropic nature of VZV and the immature immune system of the unborn infant. On the basis of the segmental distribution of some of the...

Treatment and Management

Some infective types of anterior uveitis, the diagnosis is usually made before the uveitis appears because the condition occurs as a secondary event. This is the case following herpes simplex keratitis and also in patients with herpes zoster affecting the upper division of the fifth cranial nerve. By contrast, anterior uveitis can be an important clue to the diagnosis of a venereal disease.

Antimicrobial Prophylaxis

Herpes simplex infections are painful, interfere with nutrition, and may become superinfected with bacterial pathogens. Hence, patients who receive therapy with purine analogs should be considered for prophylaxis with acyclovir or valcyclovir if they have had previous infection (46). Long-term prophylaxis to prevent herpes zoster infections is probably not necessary since nearly all infection is localized to a few dermatomes.

Infections Associated With Purine Analog Therapy

The largest amount of information on infectious complications following purine analog therapy has been obtained from CLL patients receiving fludarabine. Early studies focused on the increased frequency of L. monocytogenes and P. carinii infections (47). Subsequently, a variety of infections, most of which are typically associated with defects in cellular immunity were reported, primarily as single case reports or only small series. These include infections caused by Legionella species, atypical Mycobacterium species, Nocardia species, and Cryptococcus neoformans (46). Viral infections have included herpes simplex, herpes zoster, cytomegalovirus, adenoviruses, JC virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and astrovirus (48,49). An association between fludarabine therapy may be spurious in some cases, since only single cases have been reported. The largest review of infections associated with fludarabine included 402 CLL patients who received the drug alone or with prednisone (46). The...

Third Cranial Nerve Palsy

The eye is turned out and slightly down, the pupil is dilated and ptosis is usually severe enough to close the eye. Trauma is an important cause in young people but a posterior communicating aneurysm should also be considered, particularly if it is associated with pain. Other causes include demyelination, diabetes, microvascular occlusion and herpes zoster infection. Recovery of nerve function particularly after compressive lesions can lead to a phenomenon known as aberrant regeneration. This can manifest as atypical pupil or lid responses on attempted eye movement.

Absent Corneal Sensation

Corneal anaesthesia can result from a lesion at any point in the fifth cranial nerve from the cornea to the brainstem. In the cornea itself, herpes simplex infection can ultimately result in anaesthesia. Herpes zoster is especially liable to lead to this problem and, because this condition can often be treated at home rather than in the ward, it will be considered in more detail here.

Post Herpetic Neuralgia

Post herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a condition following an infection with the varicella virus (the chickenpox virus). The acute infection is commonly called shingles. The virus remains dormant in the nervous system following the usual childhood infection (chickenpox). It can re -emerge later in life, more commonly in people over the age of 50, as shingles. The precise reasons for this are not fully understood, but it is thought to be due to decreases in immunity 21 . The infection tends to affect a single nerve and causes a rash and considerable pain. The pain often precedes the rash and can lead to a misdiagnosis until the rash appears later. The acute infection is short lived and in most people the associated pain will settle over time. The occurrence of PHN increases with age along with the increase in shingles. PHN is defined as pain persisting after the healing of the rash associated with the acute infection. The healing of the rash commonly happens in a month, but since pain may...

Alemtuzumab Campath1H

Alemtuzumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody directed against the lymphocyte surface antigen CD52, which is abundantly expressed on normal and most malignant T lymphocytes.78 Alemtuzumab is currently the focus of many clinical trials in hematologic malignancies and has been used in the treatment of lymphomas and lymphoid leukemias. A published phase II trial of alemtuzumab in 22 patients with advanced MF SS demonstrated a clinical response in 55 of the cases, with 32 complete remissions, including some SS patients clearing effectively circulating Sezary cells.79 Median response duration was 12 months, and ranged from 5 to 32 months. The compound is associated with significant hematologic toxicity and infectious complications consisting of reactivation of cytomegalovirus, herpes zoster, miliary tuberculosis, and pulmonary aspergillosis.

Inhibitors of Leukocyte Migration

Immunosuppressive therapy leads to increased susceptibility to various types of intracellular infections and virus-associated tumors. The major goal of immunosup-pression to treat graft rejection is to reduce the generation and function of helper T cells and CTLs, which mediate acute cellular rejection. It is therefore not surprising that defense against viruses and other intracellular pathogens, the physiologic function of T cells, is also compromised in immunosuppressed transplant recipients. Reactivation of latent herpesviruses is a frequent problem in immuno-suppressed patients, including cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster virus, and Epstein-Barr virus. For this reason, transplant recipients are now given prophylactic antiviral therapy for herpesvirus infections. Immunosuppressed allograft recipients are also at greater risk for a variety of so-called opportunistic infections, which normally do not occur in immunocompetent people, including fungal infections...

Longterm Complications

The initial concern for patients treated with the purine nucleosides was for an increased risk of infection and the development of second malignancies due to the profound long-term suppression of CD4 and CD8 lym-phocytes.27 28 However, a significant increase in infections is not seen in patients who have responded to treatment and have normal neutrophil counts. In our series, during the 7-year median follow-up, only herpes zoster was seen in remission patients.24

Clinical Evaluation Of The Infant

The vesicular rash that occurs with HSV infection may be confused with the cutaneous manifestations of other infectious diseases, such as varicella-zoster virus infection, postnatally acquired enteroviral disease, and disseminated cytomegalovirus infection. Such distinctions are especially difficult when HSV assumes an atypical cutaneous presentation. Definitive confirmation of HSV disease can be achieved by culture of the skin vesicles. Noninfectious cutaneous conditions such as incontinentia pigmenti, acrodermatitis enteropathica, erythema toxicum, and neonatal melanosis should also be considered. Lesions associated with these diseases can often be distinguished rapidly from those caused by HSV by the presence of eosinophils on staining of a tissue scraping, by peripheral eosinophilia, and by appropriate viral cultures.

Isolation And Identification

The selection, transport, storage, and processing of the specimen are crucial for isolation attempts to be meaningful. The ideal specimen is taken from the site of the lesion or symptoms as early in the course of the illness as possible. The risk of fetal exposure or infection is determined by the status of the mother. Herpes I or II, enterovirus, rubella, and varicella-zoster virus (VZV) are some of the viruses that may be isolated and that are clinically relevant to the fetus or newborn. Other important agents such as hepatitis B virus, HIV, and parvovirus B-19 are either extremely difficult to culture or cannot be cultured.

Infections in Untreated Patients

Herpesvirus infections, predominantly dermatomal herpes zoster and oral herpes simplex, accounted for about 10 of infections (42,43). Other infections associated with CLL were generally identified from studies of specific infections and included tuberculosis, salmonellosis, cryptococcosis, and, rarely, pneumocystosis and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. All of these infections are associated with impaired cellular immunity, indicating that hypo GG was not the sole deficiency in host defenses in nontreated and minimally treated patients.

Neuropathic Pain Syndromes

In primary care as well as many types of specialty practice, the term neuropathic pain has been most often thought of as simply meaning painful peripheral neuropathy, as commonly occurs in severe diabetes mellitus (DM). This association may have developed based on the high incidence of diabetes, the bilateral, distal distribution of other symptoms (sensory loss), and signs (reduced temperature, circulatory compromise) commonly seen in this illness. In general clinical practice, the pains of well-known neurologic disorders, such as those created by herpes zoster and inflammatory involvement of the trigeminal nerves, are more likely to be thought of as focal neuralgias, rather than neuropathic pain. Similarly, the pain created by local compression of nerve roots is considered to represent just one aspect of a radiculopathy rather than being part of a neuropathic pain syndrome. Even when contralateral pain is created by unilateral thalamic or other deep hemispheric infarctions, the...

Diagnostic Assays For Evaluation Of Infant And Mother

As mentioned in the preceding section, it is possible to make a diagnosis of VZV infection by laboratory means if the illness seems atypical. Usually, however, the clinical presentation is characteristic enough to make laboratory confirmation of chickenpox or zoster unnecessary. PCR is the best means for documenting the congenital varicella syndrome (7). This might be performed on a skin biopsy of an affected area or cerebrebrospinal fluid. It is also possible to detect VZV antigens when children thought to have this syndrome develop zoster (7). Some of these infants may develop very mild manifestations of zoster, consisting of only a few vesicular lesions. Laboratory confirmation of VZV infection may be very useful in such situations. 2. Lungu O, Panagiotidis C, Annunziato P, Gershon A, Silverstein S. Aberrant intracellular localization of varicella-zoster virus regulatory proteins during latency. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1998 95 7080-7085. 4. Wharton M. The epidemiology of...

Postherpetic Neuralgia

This disorder is secondary to a latent infection and reactivation after infection with varicella-zoster virus (VZV), which typically inhabits sensory ganglion neurons. Pain is a common clinical concomitant of VZV virus reactivation (173). The prevalence is currently debatable. It is noted that approximately 10 of patients with VZV herpes zoster infection will develop PHN. The incidence rises with age, with more than 50 of cases in patients older than 60. Fifty percent of these patients are reported to have pain that is refractory to treatment (174). Another study showed that the pain can precede the eruption of the vesicular rash. It noted that 10 to 15 of patients with herpes zoster develop chronic PHN (pain lasting three months or more after the rash resolves) (175).

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome AIDS

Ocular features occur in 75 of patients with AIDS. The major ocular complications of AIDS occur later in the disease and can be predicted by CD4 T-cell levels. At CD4 level 200 x 106 L common ocular complications are toxoplas-mosis and herpes zoster ophthalmicus and retinitis, while at CD4 levels

Infectious Vasculitis

A number of bacteria and fungi that infect the nervous system often produce an acute inflammatory, necrotizing, or chronic granulomatous vasculitis of the cerebral blood vessels. Spirochetes may infect the blood vessels Treponema pallidum in neurosyphilis and Borrelia burgdorferi in Lyme disease. HIV-associated vasculitis is prone to cause ischemic episodes in both adults and children. Vasculitis of the large cerebral arteries accounts for the hemiplegia that develops contralaterally to a facial or ocular herpes zoster infection. Post varicella vasculopathy is a potential risk for stroke in children.

Delayed toxicity

The delayed toxicity profile of 2-CdA in hairy cell leukemia is dominated by its immunosuppressive effects. CD4+ lymphocyte counts become suppressed, and remain so for prolonged periods, after a single 7-day continuous course. The most common late infection in all series was recurrent dermatomal herpes zoster. The severity, duration, and clinical sequelae of this CD4+ lymphocyte depletion was characterized by Seymour et al. in a cohort of 40 patients with hairy cell leukemia treated with continuous infusion 2-CdA at MD Anderson Cancer Center.18 Prior to therapy, 18 patients had lymphocyte subsets analyzed and the median CD4+ count was 743 L (range, 58-2201 L) with a median CD8+ count of 238 L (range, 75-2342 L). Within 4 months of treatment, 25 patients had nadir lymphocyte subsets analyzed with the median CD4+ count suppressed to 139 L (range, 25-580 L), and CD8+ to 92 L (range, 26-879 L). This suppression was prolonged, with a median time of 40 months until CD4+ counts returned to...


However, the disease must be considered to lead occasionally to disastrous maternal, fetal, and neonatal diseases. By contrast, the appearance of normal zoster is not associated with special problems during pregnancy and perinatal period. Pregnant women who contract varicella are at risk of severe pneumonia and death. At any stage during pregnancy, chickenpox may cause intrauterine infection. The consequences for the infant depend on the time of maternal disease. During the first two trimesters, maternal varicella may result in congenital varicella syndrome which has been reported in nearly 2 . Maternal infection near term is associated with a substantial risk of intrauterine acquired neonatal chickenpox in the newborn infant, who can develop the clinical picture of serious disseminated varicella with visceral involvement. The present paper reviews the clinical consequences as well as the current possibilities of diagnosis, prevention and therapy of...

Maternal varicella

Varicella-zoster virus infections and their potential consequences during pregnancy Normal zoster At any stage Intrauterine death, neonatal or infantile zoster Maternal and infantile herpes zoster On the basis of current knowledge, zoster during pregnancy is not associated with birth defects (Enders et al., 1994 Sauerbrei and Wutzler, 2000). In addition, maternal zoster during the perinatal period does not cause problems for newborn infants (Miller et al., 1989) as the infants possess specific maternal IgG class antibodies and there is usually no longer viremic spread of VZV unless the women is immunocompromised. Nearly 20 of infants with intrauterine-acquired VZV primary infection develop neonatal or infantile zoster, usually with uncomplicated course (Sauerbrei and Wutzler, 2003). The disease is thought to represent reactivation of the virus after primary infection in utero. The relatively short viral latency period may be explained by the immature cell-mediated immune response in...


Postherpetic neuralgia is an extremely debilitating form of headache experienced by elderly people after an attack of trigeminal herpes zoster. The pain seems to be more severe in the elderly and it can persist for many years. The cause of the headache is usually evident when one inspects the skin of the forehead, which is slightly whitened and scarred from the previous attack of herpes zoster. Apart from the use of analgesics, antidepressant drugs can also help, together with the application of local heat or vibration massage. Fortunately, the prompt treatment of the original attack of herpes zoster at primary care level with systemic acyclovir does seem to be reducing the incidence of this troublesome condition.

Protective Factors

Decreased risks of glioma that have been found in association with past history of allergies 32-34 , autoimmune diseases 32 or certain common viral infections 33, 35 may all indicate a role for immunological factors in the etiology of glioma. These results should be treated with caution, however, as they were based on questionnaires in case-control studies without validation from medical records. Moreover, proxy respondents supplied information on a substantial proportion of cases, usually because the subject was too ill to respond or had died. For allergies, the odds ratios in different studies were inversely correlated with the percentage of proxy respondents, indicating possible bias 36 . Two studies, however, that were not susceptible to recall bias also provide support for an immune-related etiology of glioma. A large cohort study in Sweden, involving record linkage between the population-based Twin Registry, Hospital Discharge Registry, and Cancer Registry, found an inverse...

Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain affects a small proportion of the population - 17 - About 30 of patients referred to a pain clinic have symptoms of neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain usually has one or more recognizable symptoms which can help make the diagnosis. These include shooting pain, burning pain and other sensory symptoms such as tingling. It may be initiated by trauma, surgery, infections (e.g. shingles) or be part of a peripheral neuropathy such as diabetic neuropathy. Careful assessment is needed to check for possible underlying causes.

Purine Analogs

Other investigators have studied pentostatin for patients with relapsed CTCL or PTCL with prominent cutaneous manifestations.104 Of the 24 patients evaluable for response, six (25 ) patients had CR and 11 (46 ) patients had PR. Ten of 14 (71 ) patients with SS, four of six (66 ) with tumor stage MF, and three of three with PTCL responded. Although the median response duration of the patients with tumor-stage MF was only 2 months (range 1-2 months) and 3.5 months for SS patients, there were two SS patients with prolonged responses lasting greater than 1 year. One of the three PTCL patients had an ongoing CR at 20 months. The most common side effect observed in these patients who had received a median of three prior therapies (range 1-12) was significant lowering of CD4 counts, and several subsequently developed herpes zoster infection.


After chicken pox, the virus lies dormant in the dorsal root or cranial nerve ganglia but may re-emerge and typically involves one dermatome (37). The site of involvement depends on the sensory ganglion initially involved. Shingles is more common in individuals over the age of 50 years, except in the immunocompromised, when attacks can occur at an earlier age. The latter are also more susceptible to secondary attacks and involvement of more than one dermatome. Bilateral zoster is even rarer but is not associated with a higher mortality.


There may be a prodromal period of paraesthesia and burning or shooting pains in the involved segment. This is usually followed by the appearance of a band of vesicles. Rarely, the vesicles fail to appear and only pain is experienced. This is known as zoster sine herpete. In individuals who are immuno- Shingles in pregnancy is usually mild. The fetus is only affected if vire-mia occurs before maternal antibody has had time to cross the placenta.


The most common complication of shingles is postherpetic neuralgia, occurring in approx 10 of cases. It is defined as pain lasting more than 120 days from rash onset (39). It is more frequent in people over 50 years and can lead to depression. It is rare in children, including those who are immuno-compromised. Infection of the brain includes encephalitis, involvement of motor neurones leading to ptosis, paralysis of the hand, facial palsy, or contralateral hemiparesis. Involvement of the oculomotor division of the trigeminal ganglion can cause serious eye problems, including corneal scarring.

Viral Infections

Herpes zoster is the most common severe viral infection associated with CLL (48). Less than 10 of patients experience cutaneous dissemination, and only a few develop visceral dissemination. About 20 suffer from postherpetic neuralgia, and a few develop polyradiculopathy or meningoencephalitis (55,60). Herpes simplex infections of the circumoral area and oropharynx are more common than herpes zoster but are usually not as severe. A chronic indolent form of orofacial herpes simplex infection has been described in a few patients (61). Slowly or rapidly progressive local or widespread lymphadenitis and, rarely, visceral dissemination may occur (62). Occasional patients may develop persistent or recurrent skin lesions after herpes zoster or simplex infection that are caused by infiltration by CLL cells (63).

Ablative Procedures

Mechanisms involved are poorly understood, which reflects current understanding of neuropathic pain states in general. However, central effects may include alteration in dorsal horn processing and transmission in the tract of Lissauer (240) and suppression of sympathetic outflow from the intermediolateral gray column of the spinal cord. The latter effect may explain improved peripheral blood flow in patients with chronic peripheral vascular insufficiency. The Craig PENS technique, a novel application of electroacupuncture percutaneous neural stimulation (PNS) has been shown effective in herpes zoster, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and sciatica (241-243).

Neonatal Evaluation

Infants with CCC typically present on the first day of life with a generalized rash consisting of erythematous macules, papules, or pustules on a 5- to 10-mm erythematous base. Generalized erythema can be seen initially, which then can evolve into a severe skin eruption with discrete papules or vesicles and sometimes bullae. The eruption occurs predominantly on the back, extensor surfaces, skin folds, palms, and soles, but the perineum area is spared. The rash in very low birth weight infants can rapidly progress to bullae, erosion, and desquamation resembling burns or scalded skin. This is associated with an extreme leukemoid reaction. The nails may also be involved and appear opaque, raised, and rough. With the loss of the skin barrier, the preterm infant is at risk for dehydration and secondary bacterial infections. The differential includes staphylococcal pustulosis, bullous impetigo, syphilis, neonatal pustular melanosis, toxic epidermolysis bullosa, incontinentia pigmenti,...

Secondary to Uveitis

During an attack of acute iridocyclitis the intraocular pressure is often below normal because the production of aqueous by the ciliary body is reduced. When the normal production of aqueous is resumed, it can induce a rise in pressure because the outflow channels have been obstructed by inflammatory exudate. This type of secondary glaucoma responds to vigorous treatment of the iridocyclitis, and here it is essential to dilate and not constrict the pupil and to apply steroid treatment. Acetazolamide and topical beta-blockers, for example timolol and levubunolol, might also be required. The type of secondary glaucoma that develops after the iridocyclitis of herpes zoster infections can be particularly insidious. The intraocular pressure can remain high without obvious pain and with relatively slight inflammatory changes in the eye. Secondary glaucoma usually responds well to treatment and once the underlying inflammation has subsided, the eye returns to normal.

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