Varicella zoster virus reactivation in hemodialysis patients: manifestations, treatment, complications and outcome.
Varicella zoster virus reactivation often occurs in the setting of impaired immunity, which is generally present in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Therapy for variceIla zoster virus infection is well established. However, it is often been forgotten that acyclovir dosage should be adjusted to renal function. We point to the problem encountered in clinical practice when ESRD patient presents with cutaneous herpes zoster and neurological symptoms. Clinical findings alone may prove inadequate to determine whether neurological deficit is caused by infection of the central nervous system or is a consequence of acyclovir induced neurotoxicity.
University Department of Nephrology, Arterial Hypertension and Dialysis, Zagreb University Hospital Center, Zagreb, Croatia. firstname.lastname@example.org
SourceActa clinica Croatica 50:4 2011 Dec pg 549-52
Herpesvirus 3, Human
Kidney Failure, Chronic
Pub Type(s)Journal Article