A 70-year-old woman with shingles: Review of herpes zoster

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Herpes zoster is a common late complication of varicella-zoster virus exposure and can be further complicated by postherpetic neuralgia. Ms A is a 70-year-old woman with shingles and Ramsay-Hunt syndrome who presented to the emergency department with a few days of earache followed by pain in the back of her head. Using her case as a springboard, the diagnosis, natural history, and treatment of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia in immunocompetent older adults are reviewed, in addition to the effectiveness of the herpes zoster vaccine. ©2009 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.
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    Author List

  • Whitley RJ
  • Start Page

  • 73
  • End Page

  • 80
  • Volume

  • 302
  • Issue

  • 1