Fulminant VZV infection in an adult AIDS patient treated with steroids: A case report

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Abstract

Varicella zoster virus (VZV) typically causes a benign disease in childhood. However, VZV can lead to severe complication in immunocompromised patients, involving skin and nearly every organ system, with significant morbidity and mortality. VZV infection occurs more frequently in patients treated with steroids. Herein, we describe a case of rapidly fatal disseminated VZV infection with cutaneous and visceral involvement in an adult AIDS patient treated with steroids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-66
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Virology
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Human Herpesvirus 3
Virus Diseases
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Steroids
Skin
Immunocompromised Host
Morbidity
Mortality

Keywords

  • Fulminant disease
  • HIV
  • Steroid
  • Visceral involvement
  • VZV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine(all)

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