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Varicellazoster virus

VZV causes chickenpox (varicella), becomes latent in cranial and dorsal root ganglia, and may reactivate decades later to produce shingles (zoster). Reactivation occurs most commonly in elderly and immuno-compromised individuals. Although zoster rash is usually temporally associated with neurological disease, all of the above conditions, most notably meningoencephalitis, cranial neuropathies and myelitis, may occur without antecedent rash.14 Clinical syndromes ZOSTER Herpes zoster consists of dermatomal distribution vesicular rash on an erythematous base associated with burning pain and mixed hypesthesia and hyperpathia. Elderly patients may develop a toxic encephalopathy during acute zoster. Zoster occurs at any time of year. Rash begins to resolve within a week, but pain usually lasts for 4-6 weeks. Nearly all zoster is due to viral reactivation, but clusters of zoster outbreaks have been reported.15,16 Zoster is more common in immunocom-promised hosts such as bone marrow transplant...

Epidemiology of herpes zoster

Population-based epidemiologic data suggest an annual incidence of HZ between 1.3 and 4.1 per 1000 population 18-20 . Some longitudinal studies suggest an increase in incidence in the last two decades although the reason for this is not clear 5, 20 . The incidence is much higher in the elderly a recent study suggests an incidence rate of 2.1 per 1000 person-years in those under 50 and 10.1 in those over 80, a fivefold difference 20 . Other large studies show a similar trend 1, 19 . These figures are generally accepted to reflect the natural decline in cell-mediated immunity with advancing age. All reported studies rely on the clinical presentation of HZ. Some studies suggest that 10 of the diagnoses of HZ made in primary care are in fact due to zosteriform herpes simplex. Other common misdiagnoses include common dermatologic diseases such as contact dermatitis, erysipelas and insect bites 5, 21 . By contrast, atypical forms of herpes zoster also exist, such as zoster sine herpete, in...

Acute Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia PHN

Acute herpes zoster (AHZ shingles) presents as pain usually in V1, distribution the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve. The pain is spontaneous and is described as burning, aching or lancinating. There is associated hyperalgesia. Small cutaneous vesicles are seen during AHZ (acute phase) and scarring may be present during post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). Post-herpetic neuralgia describes the persistence ofpain after a month, when the vesicles have healed.

Possible Clinical Implications Of Immune Changes In Depression

To address these issues, we have recently examined the effect of major depression on varicella zoster virus (VZV)-specific cellular immunity (Irwin, Costlow, Williams, Artin, Levin, Hayward, & Oxman, 1998). The frequency of cells in the peripheral blood capable of proliferating in response to VZV antigen (VZV-responder cell frequency, VZV-RCF) was determined in patients with major depression and in age-and gender-matched normal controls. In addition, we evaluated VZV-RCF in a group of older adults to determine whether the decline in VZV-RCF observed in major depression was comparable in magnitude to that typically found in older persons who are known to be at increased risk of developing HZ.

Nitrite Transport Across Membranes

Nitrite can be transported either in its protonated form (nitrous acid, UNO.) or as an ion. The protonated form (pKa 3.29) is able to diffuse freely across membranes whereas an active transport system is probably needed for the nitrite anion. At present, little is known about nitrite transport in higher plants. It has been proposed that nitrite transport across the chloroplast membranes occurs mainly through a saturable nitrite transporter which is sensitive to protein modifiers (Brunswick and Cresswell, 1988a,b), while other authors have argued that nitrite transport operates through the diffusion of nitrous acid (Shingles et al., 1996). Molecular data on nitrite transport are still lacking for higher plants but very recent results by Rexach et al. (2000) have allowed a better understanding ofthis process in the unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. These authors have characterized a gene (Narl) which is clustered with other genes involved in nitrate assimilation and whose...

Granulomatous Arteritis

From 2 weeks to 6 months after an attack of tri-geminal distribution zoster, patients may develop contralateral neurological symptoms attributable to granulomatous arteritis. These symptoms include transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), mental status changes or hemiplegia. Ipsilateral central artery occlusion,31 brainstem infarcts32,33 and thalamic infarcts34 have also been reported. These complications occur in persons over the age of 60 without any gender predilection, and mortality is 25 . The CSF contains a mononuclear pleocytosis with less than 100 cells mm3, an increased IgG index and oligo-clonal bands.35 Focal and segmental stenosis of the middle cerebral, internal carotid and anterior cerebral arteries is often evident on angiography. Strokes, more often ischemic36 than hemorrhagic,37 are common in large-vessel territories. Based on the clinical, pathological and virological findings, intravenous acyclovir (10-15 mg kg three times daily for 7-10 days) and a short course of oral...

Laboratory studies in PACNS

CNS vasculitides, diagnosed as PACNS, are reported to occur in patients with viral and to a lesser extent with bacterial and other infections, both in immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients. The most commonly encountered infections associated with CNS vasculitis are varicela-zoster virus (VZV), HIV, cytomegalovirus (CMV) and, rarely, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Borrelia burgdorferi and Treponema pallidum. Several fungal and rickettsial infections have also been reported in association with vasculitis of the nervous system.6,7 Hence, serological studies should be carried out to exclude these infections as well as hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus infections, which are known to be associated with systemic vasculitic syndromes.20

Effects of Depression and Stress on Acquired Immune Lymphocyte Responses

Compared with chronic severe stress, major depression has been less well characterized in terms of effects on in vivo functional immunity however, the little evidence that is available suggests that depression, like chronic severe stress, may impair T-cell function in ways that are relevant to disease vulnerability. For example, although it is not known whether major depression is associated with an increase in antibody titers to latent viruses, one study reports that patients with major depression have a marked decrease in the ability to generate lymphocytes that respond to the herpes zoster virus (Irwin et al. 1998). Also consistent with impaired T-cell function in depression is the observation that depressed patients, especially those with melancholia, demonstrate impaired DTH (Hickie et al. 1993).

Postherpetic neuralgia

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) follows herpes zoster infections, mainly in the elderly. It occurs in the affected area in about 50 percent of patients over 50 years old following healing of the skin lesions, and persists for more than 12 weeks. It presents as a continuous burning or intense paroxysmal pain, and may be associated with tactile allodynia. It can be severe, debilitating, and reduce quality of life. The time-course is variable. It may abate within months, but may also continue for years. Certain human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I antigens, such as HLA-A33 and -B44, have been shown to be associated with the development of PHN in Japanese patients.39 The results of randomized, controlled trials and meta-analyses suggest that treatment with acyclovir, famciclovir, and valaciclovir reduce the risk of developing PHN.40,41,42 It is now accepted that corticosteroids do not prevent the development of PHN.43 Topically applied capsaicin and lidocaine have both been shown to be...

Prevention Of Hz And

Varicella to a large extent (protection of the individual combined with a herd immunity effect) and are therefore not subject to HZ from wild-type (natural) VZV. Reactivation of Oka strain virus appears to be infrequent and mild. The same attenuated virus has been utilized in a higher dose form for vaccination of seropositive adults to prevent HZ and its complications. The greater strength is required because older adults have a reduced immune response compared with younger persons. The Shingles Prevention Study (SPS) investigated 38,546 subjects of 60 years of age who were injected either with the active vaccine or placebo. They were followed for a median of 3.12 years and the incidence of HZ was reduced by 51.3 percent, PHN (defined as pain rating 3 90 days after rash onset) by 66.5 percent, and BOI (an area under the curve construct of incidence, severity, and duration of pain and discomfort over six months from onset of HZ) by 61.1 percent in the vaccine group, indicating that...

Painful Polyneuropathies

Acute herpes zoster, commonly called shingles, is an acute viral infection that primarily affects the posterior spinal root ganglia of spinal nerves or ganglia of the cranial nerves may be similarly affected. The causative agent, varicella zoster, belongs to a DNA group of viruses

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

The incidence of neurological complications associated with this disorder was recently reviewed by Mayo Clinic physicians.1 The medical records of 962 patients met diagnostic criteria, and 109 (11.3 ) had related neurological diagnoses. Idiopathic peripheral neuropathies and cerebral ischemic events were specifically excluded as specific complications because of the difficulties in proving a relationship. This study shows that the overall incidence of neurological complications in B-CLL is low, and non-zoster complications are rare within 6 years of the diagnosis (see Table 39.1).

Prevention of postherpetic neuralgia

A large number of studies show that age is positively correlated with the risk of developing PHN 31 . Most studies also suggest that the severity of inflammation, measured from the extent and intensity of the rash, intensity of early pain and sensory abnormalities, independently adds to the risk of prolongation of PHN pain 31 . No clinical formula exists to predict the minority who after contracting shingles go on to develop the most chronic form of PHN.

Nervous system vasculitis secondary to infections and related conditions

Varicella-zoster virus infections VZV causes a variety of neurological disorders.42 Both the central and peripheral nervous systems are affected, and the documentation of cases with VZV infections involving the nervous system without rash emphasizes the importance of its consideration in the differential diagnosis of several neurological disorders, including vasculitis. Encephalitis resulting from VZV is now recognized to be a vasculo-pathy that affects large or small vessels.42 The large-vessel encephalitis is the result of large-vessel vasculitis (granulomatous arteritis) and is characterized by stroke-like acute focal deficit, developing after zoster of contralateral trigeminal distribution.42 This complication of VZV infection generally occurs in immunocompetent patients, whereas the encephalitis due to small-vessel vasculitis is more likely to occur in immunodeficient patients, though this is not a rule. The clinical picture of small-vessel encephalitis consists of a progressive...

Antiviral Agents for Ophthalmic

Conjunctivitis Herpes zoster ophthalmicus Herpes simplex iridocyclitis Herpes simplex keratitis Herpes zoster ophthalmicus Herpes simplex keratitis Herpes zoster ophthalmicus Cytomegalovirus retinitis alternative to the systemic route. Acute retinal necrosis and progressive outer retinal necrosis, most often caused by varicella zoster virus, can be treated by various combinations of oral, intravenous, intravitreal injection, and intravitreal implantation of antiviral medications.

Pre And Postherpetic Neuralgia

Although the rash of zoster and pain typically occur within days of each other, there are reports of dermatomal distribution pain that precedes rash by 7-100 days (pre-herpetic neuralgia).24 PHN, pain that persists for more than 4-6 weeks after zoster, is common, and affects more than 40 of zoster patients over age 60.25-27 Double-blinded placebo-controlled trials have shown that patients obtain relief with topical aspirin in chloroform,28 gabapentin,29 tricyclic antidepressants and anticon-vulsants.30 No single drug or treatment regimen has emerged as clearly superior.

Idoxuridine Enters The Cell And Is Phosphorylated At


Although outside the United States, a solution of idoxuridine in dimethyl sulfoxide is available for the treatment of herpes labialis, genitalis, and zoster. The use of idoxuridine is limited because the drug lacks selectivity low, subtherapeutic concentrations inhibit the growth of uninfected host cells. The effective concentration of idoxuridine is at least 10 times greater than that of acyclovir.

Vidarabine Phsphodiester Bond Inhibition

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At one time in the United States, intravenous vidarabine was approved for use against HSV encephalitis, neonatal herpes, and herpes or varicella zoster in immunocompro-mised patients. Acyclovir has supplanted vidarabine as the drug of choice in these cases. Acyclovir, 9- 2-(hydroxyethoxy)methyl -9H-guanine (Zovirax), is the most effective of a series of acyclic nucleosides that possess antiviral activity. In contrast with true nucleosides that have a ribose or a deoxyribose sugar attached to a purine or a pyrimidine base, the group attached to the base in acyclovir is similar to an open chain sugar, albeit lacking in hydroxyl groups. The clinically useful antiviral spectrum of acyclovir is limited to herpesviruses. It is most active (in vitro) against HSV type 1, about two times less against HSV type 2, and 10 times less potent against varicella-zoster virus (VZV). An advantage is that uninfected human cells are unaffected by the drug. Two dosage forms of acyclovir are available for...

Differential Diagnosis

Many disease processes present with pain, thus associated pain syndromes should be part of the physician's differential diagnosis (Overcash et al. 2001). Diabetic neuropathy (Tesfaye et al. 1994) is a frequently encountered pain, characterized by burning, muscle cramps, lancinating pain, metatarsalgia, hyperalgesia, allodynia, loss of proprioception, tingling, and numbness in lower extremities. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients present with pain including neuropathic, somatic, visceral, and headache symptoms. Patients suffering from autoimmune disease will often present with joint pain associated with inflammation, achiness, and stiffness. Post-surgical pain is commonly encountered and is usually somatic or visceral in nature. Infectious processes involving intra-abdominal organs are more likely to present with visceral pain while infectious processes involving the skin (e.g., herpes zoster) will present with somatic or neuropathic pain.


Reactivation of HSV-2 along peripheral nerves is accompanied initially by neuralgia, malaise and fever followed by a painful vesicular rash on an erythematous base with pain and numbness along the affected dermatome. Although the first attack may be confused with VZV eruption, recurrent 'zoster' in an otherwise immunocompetent individual is due to HSV-2, not VZV. The 'below the waist' location of most recurrent neuropathy suggests that HSV-2 rather than HSV-1 is the causative agent. Although no trials have been performed to establish treatment protocols, oral acyclovir, 800 mg five times daily, or famciclovir, 500 mg three times daily for 7-10 days, are reasonable choices.


VZV myelitis develops in both immunocompetent and immunocompromised individuals. Acute para-paresis, bowel and bladder incontinence and a sensory level usually develop 1-2 weeks after zoster.14 MRI reveals T2 hyperintensity with or without spinal cord swelling. In immunocompro-mised patients, myelitis may be protracted, and MRI reveals more extensive longitudinal enhancing lesions. CSF shows a mild mononuclear pleocytosis and slight protein elevation. PCR usually reveals amplifiable VZV DNA.41 Immunocompromised patients should be treated with intravenous acyclovir, 30 mg kg three times daily,42 with or without a short course of steroids. A standard treatment for immunocompetent individuals has not been established.

Basic Science

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a syndrome of persistent ( six months after acute zoster) pain and dysesthesia in the dermatomal topography of the original zoster outbreak. There is a definite predilection for the dormant varicella zoster virus to reoccur in the aged and immu-nocompromised patients (e.g. lymphoma patients). The pain of PHN is variously described as constant, aching, sharp, or shooting. Patients often have severe allodynia, dysesthesia, or hypoesthesia, and may not be able to tolerate even their own clothing touching the area involved. Pharmacologic therapies have been the mainstays of treatment, although various sympathetic and somatic blocks, epidural and intrathecal corticosteroid injections, TENS, and topical treatments are advocated by some. Pharmaceutical agents generally are utilized, such as ion channel modulating anticonvulsant class agents, non-selective reuptake inhibition by tricyclic antidepressants and newer agents, opioids, topical local anesthetics, or...


Defined in the IASP Classification on Chronic Pain (2nd edition) as chronic pain with skin changes in the distribution of (one or more cranial spinal sensory roots) subsequent to herpes zoster,'' PHN has no universally accepted definition and the term may refer to any pain after HZ rash healing or may specify various time intervals after rash appearance or healing and or a requirement that average or worst pain exceeds a certain value usually three on a zero to ten scale. The rationale for including a pain severity qualification of 3 arises from work showing that pain below this level has little effect on activities of daily living (ADL).4 However, there is no evidence that pain


Although presentation of an elderly person with derma-tomal unilateral onset of pain and tingling might lead to the suspicion that the classic skin rash of HZ will follow, it has been shown not to have sufficient specificity to justify initiation of antiviral therapy.44 However, this combination of symptoms, in the absence of an objective diagnosis, should lead to advice from healthcare workers that the patient should look out for a shingles rash over subsequent days and seek medical advice promptly should this occur.

Untoward Effects

Therapeutic uses In immunocompetent persons, the clinical benefits of acyclovir and valacyclovir are greater in initial HSV infections than in recurrent ones, which typically are milder. These drugs are particularly useful in immunocompromised patients because these individuals experience more frequent and more severe HSV and VZV infections. Since VZV is less susceptible than HSV to acyclovir, higher doses must be used for treating varicella or zoster infections. Oral valacyclovir is as effective as oral acyclovir in HSV infections and more effective for treating herpes zoster. Varicella-Zoster Virus Infections In older adults with localized herpes zoster, oral acyclovir (800 mg five times daily for 7 days) reduces pain and healing times if initiated within 72 hours of rash onset. Treatment of zoster ophthalmicus reduces ocular complications. Prolonged acyclovir and concurrent prednisone for 21 days speed zoster healing and improve quality-of-life compared with either therapy alone....


In the U.S., idoxuridine is approved only for topical treatment of HSV keratitis, although it is available elsewhere for topical treatment of herpes labialis, genitalis, and zoster. In ocular HSV infections, topical idoxuridine is more effective in epithelial than in stromal infections. Adverse reactions include pain, pruritus, inflammation, and edema involving the eye or lids allergic reactions occur rarely.

Therapeutic Uses

IFNs have effects in various herpesvirus infections including genital HSV infections, localized herpes-zoster infection, and CMV infections of renal transplant patients. IFN generally is associated with more side effects and inferior results relative to conventional antiviral therapies. Topically applied IFN and trifluridine combinations appear active in acyclovir-resistant mucocutaneous HSV infections.


Infectious diseases of the skin, eyelids, conjunctivae, and lacrimal excretory system are encountered regularly in clinical practice. Periocular skin infections are divided into preseptal and post-septal or orbital cellulitis. Depending on the clinical setting (i.e., preceding trauma, sinusitis, age of patient, relative immunocompromised state), oral or parenteral antibiotics are administered. Dacryoadenitis, an infection of the lacrimal gland, is most common in children and young adults. It may be bacterial (typically Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus species) or viral (most commonly seen in mumps, infectious mononucleosis, influenza, and herpes zoster). In infants and children, the disease usually is unilateral and secondary to an obstruction of the nasolacrimal duct. In adults, dacryocystitis and canalicular infections may be caused by S. aureus, Streptococcus species, Diphtheroids, Candida species, and Actinomyces israelii. Any discharge from the lacrimal sac should be sent for...

Head and Neck

Auriculotemporal Nerve Injection

This is a useful block for pain after herpes zoster and for supraorbital neuralgia. This block can be used to treat pain associated with herpes zoster, facial pain in the supply region of the infraorbital nerve, and infraorbital neuralgias. This block is useful for pain in the areas supplied by the auriculotemporal nerve such as atypical facial pain of the temporomandibular joint, neuralgias after trauma, malignant pain, and acute herpes zoster of the external auditory meatus. This block is useful for pain secondary to herpes zoster and for the treatment of painful conditions supplied by the greater auricular nerve.

Treatment Guidelines

In summary, the proportion of seropositive individuals in the population will decline as a result of childhood varicella vaccination. In time, this will reduce the incidence of HZ. Adult vaccination has been shown to be effective for the prevention of shingles and PHN.18 II In acute HZ, early antiviral therapy is recommended and pain treatment with strong opioids, tricyclic anti-depressants, or gabapentin should be considered in addition to conventional analgesics. The pharmacological management of PHN consists of three main classes of oral medication (tricyclic antidepressants, anti-convulsants calcium channel , opioids), and two categories of topical medications (lidocaine and capsaicin). Possibly because more than one mechanism of PHN operates in most patients, a combination of two or more analgesic agents may produce greater pain relief and fewer side effects. In a recent controlled four-period crossover trial, gabapentin and morphine combined achieved better analgesia at lower...

Undecylenic Acid

Figure 49-1 provides a schematic diagram of the replicative cycle of a DNA virus (A) and an RNA virus (B). DNA viruses include poxviruses (smallpox), herpesviruses (chickenpox, shingles, oral and genital herpes), adenoviruses (conjunctivitis, sore throat), hepadnaviruses (hepatitis B virus HBV ), and papillomaviruses (warts). Typically, DNA viruses enter the host cell nucleus, where the viral DNA is transcribed into messenger RNA (mRNA) by host cell polymerase and mRNA is translated into virus-specific proteins.


IMMUNE GLOBULIN Passive immunization is indicated when an individual is deficient in antibodies because of a congenital or acquired immunodeficiency, when an individual with a high degree of risk is exposed to an agent and there is inadequate time for active immunization (e.g., measles, rabies, hepatitis B), or when a disease is already present but can be ameliorated by passive antibodies (e.g., botulism, diphtheria, tetanus). Passive immunization may be provided by several different products (Table 52-2). Nonspecific immunoglobulins or highly specific immunoglobulins may be provided based upon the indication. The protection provided usually lasts from 1 to 3 months. Immune globulin is derived from pooled plasma of adults by an alcohol-frac-tionation procedure. It contains largely IgG (95 ) and is indicated for antibody-deficiency disorders, exposure to infections such as hepatitis A and measles, and specific immunologic diseases such as immune thrombocytopenic purpura and...

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