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Childhood herpes zoster: a clustering of ten cases.

Prabhu S, Sripathi H, Gupta S, Prabhu M - Indian J Dermatol (2009)

Bottom Line: Herpes zoster occurs due to reactivation of the latent varicella zoster virus and is usually a disease of the elderly.Only three of the ten children reported previous history of varicella infection and none was immunized against varicella.Though childhood herpes zoster accounted for less than 1% of the total zoster cases in the past, recent reports show an increase in the number of cases in apparently healthy children.

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Affiliation: Department of Skin and STD, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. drsmithaprabhu@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT
Herpes zoster occurs due to reactivation of the latent varicella zoster virus and is usually a disease of the elderly. Childhood herpes zoster is believed to be rare, though recent studies suggest increasing incidence in children. Here we report ten cases of childhood herpes zoster, seven of which occurred within a short span of six months, at a tertiary care level hospital in Pokhara, Nepal. Only three of the ten children reported previous history of varicella infection and none was immunized against varicella. Though childhood herpes zoster accounted for less than 1% of the total zoster cases in the past, recent reports show an increase in the number of cases in apparently healthy children. So far, no studies have been done linking childhood herpes zoster with HIV, though there are many studies linking it with other immunocompromised conditions.

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Grouped crusted erosions of ophthalmic zoster involving the left eye
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Figure 0002: Grouped crusted erosions of ophthalmic zoster involving the left eye

Mentions: Case 4 was a ten-year-old girl with left T12, L1 involvement, who gave a history of chicken pox six years back. Case 5 was a six-year-old immunocompetent boy, who presented to us late, with left ophthalmic zoster, along with weeping erosions and keratitis [Figure 2]. Case 6 was an 11-year-old girl, who had ulcerated grouped erosions on the left groin and pubis and who was receiving chemotherapy for acute leukemia,. Case 7 was a six-year-old-girl with right-sided trigeminal zoster, who showed good response to the treatment. Case 8 was a 10-year-old girl with left-sided thoracic zoster. Case 9 was a 13-year-old boy with right sided thoracic zoster. Case 10 was a 12-year-old girl with left-sided thoracic zoster.


Childhood herpes zoster: a clustering of ten cases.

Prabhu S, Sripathi H, Gupta S, Prabhu M - Indian J Dermatol (2009)

Grouped crusted erosions of ophthalmic zoster involving the left eye
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2800875&req=5

Figure 0002: Grouped crusted erosions of ophthalmic zoster involving the left eye
Mentions: Case 4 was a ten-year-old girl with left T12, L1 involvement, who gave a history of chicken pox six years back. Case 5 was a six-year-old immunocompetent boy, who presented to us late, with left ophthalmic zoster, along with weeping erosions and keratitis [Figure 2]. Case 6 was an 11-year-old girl, who had ulcerated grouped erosions on the left groin and pubis and who was receiving chemotherapy for acute leukemia,. Case 7 was a six-year-old-girl with right-sided trigeminal zoster, who showed good response to the treatment. Case 8 was a 10-year-old girl with left-sided thoracic zoster. Case 9 was a 13-year-old boy with right sided thoracic zoster. Case 10 was a 12-year-old girl with left-sided thoracic zoster.

Bottom Line: Herpes zoster occurs due to reactivation of the latent varicella zoster virus and is usually a disease of the elderly.Only three of the ten children reported previous history of varicella infection and none was immunized against varicella.Though childhood herpes zoster accounted for less than 1% of the total zoster cases in the past, recent reports show an increase in the number of cases in apparently healthy children.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Skin and STD, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. drsmithaprabhu@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT
Herpes zoster occurs due to reactivation of the latent varicella zoster virus and is usually a disease of the elderly. Childhood herpes zoster is believed to be rare, though recent studies suggest increasing incidence in children. Here we report ten cases of childhood herpes zoster, seven of which occurred within a short span of six months, at a tertiary care level hospital in Pokhara, Nepal. Only three of the ten children reported previous history of varicella infection and none was immunized against varicella. Though childhood herpes zoster accounted for less than 1% of the total zoster cases in the past, recent reports show an increase in the number of cases in apparently healthy children. So far, no studies have been done linking childhood herpes zoster with HIV, though there are many studies linking it with other immunocompromised conditions.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus