Thursday, 8 September 2011

Herpes Zoster

  • Occurs more frequently in hIV infected patients & carries poor prognosis
  • THe occurance of unilateral vesicles that break & scab is charecteristic of this infection.
  • They are self limiting
  • Main complication is neuropathy after inflammation
  • Diagnosis is made by cytological smear & finding of multinucleated giant cells.
  • Treatment - Systemic acyclovir 800 mg orally or 15-30 mg/kg/day IV 8 hrly for 10-15 days

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