Mathews Journal of Dermatology


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Risk Factors and Complications of Herpes Zoster

Manahel Mahmood AlSabbagh

MB BCh BAO (NUI), Clinical Dermatology, Kingdom of Bahrain.

Corresponding Author: Manahel Mahmood AlSabbagh, MB BCh BAO (NUI), Clinical Dermatology, Kingdom of Bahrain. 
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Received Date: 31 May 2016   

Accepted Date: 07 Jun 2016   

Published Date: 17 Jun 2016

Copyright © 2016 AlSabbagh MM

Citation: AlSabbagh MM. (2016). Risk Factors and Complications of Herpes Zoster. Mathews J  Dermatol. 1(1): 006.



Herpes zoster is a viral infection that is prevalent among 20-30% of people. Though it is unclear, the underlying pathophysiology can be attributed to cellular immunity dysfunction. Potential risk factors may involve routine procedures like biopsies and teeth extraction.
Herpes zoster usually follows a very benign course that is most commonly complicated with post herpetic neuralgia; however, serious systemic complications including heart block and cerebral angiitis are frequently reported in immunocompromised cases.
This article reviews publications on this topic and aims to highlight the potential risk factors and documented complications.

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