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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 340-342

Postherpetic neuralgia and varicella-zoster virus

Department of Medicine, Federal University of Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil

Date of Submission31-May-2020
Date of Decision09-Jun-2020
Date of Acceptance30-Jun-2020
Date of Web Publication19-Oct-2020

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Dr. Jamir Pitton Rissardo
Rua Roraima, 1000, Santa Maria, Rio Grande Do Sul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_94_20

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Rissardo JP, Caprara AL. Postherpetic neuralgia and varicella-zoster virus. Curr Med Issues 2020;18:340-2

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Rissardo JP, Caprara AL. Postherpetic neuralgia and varicella-zoster virus. Curr Med Issues [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Nov 26];18:340-2. Available from: https://www.cmijournal.org/text.asp?2020/18/4/340/298602

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A 19-year-old male presenting with a persistent localized pain in his right shoulder was admitted to our hospital. He reported that the symptom started within 3 months ago when he had a rash with unilateral distribution of grouped vesicles on an erythematous base [Figure 1]a that recovered after 2 weeks [Figure 1]b. He was previously healthy, and his family history was unremarkable and negative for neurological disorders. He stated that he had an episode of varicella (chickenpox) when he was a child. On neurological examination, allodynia and hypersensitivity were observed on his right shoulder.
Figure 1: Localized vesicular rash (a) that recovered after 2 weeks (b)

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  1. What are the findings in [Figure 1]?
  2. What is the most likely diagnosis taking into account this clinical scenario?
  3. What is the treatment of this condition?
  4. What is the differential diagnosis of a vesicular rash?

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  References Top

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Pitton Rissardo J, Fornari Caprara AL. Herpes zoster oticus, ophthalmicus, and cutaneous disseminated: Case report and literature review. Neuroophthalmology 2019;43:407-10.  Back to cited text no. 2
Nalamachu S, Morley-Forster P. Diagnosing and managing postherpetic neuralgia. Drugs Aging 2012;29:863-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
Solomon C, Johnson R, Rice A. Postherpetic neuralgia. N Engl J Med 2014;371:1526-33.  Back to cited text no. 4
Hill SF, Murrell DF. Differential diagnosis of vesiculobullous lesions. Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, 4th edition. USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.;2019. p. 859-67.  Back to cited text no. 5


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