Varicella zoster – three illustrative cases

Guest posting: Dr Holly Jordan, Physician Trainee, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW. 

  • Case 1: 76F presents with headache, lethargy and behavioural changes 1 week post developing unilateral vesicular rash of the upper limb.
  • Case 2: u73F presents with 3-4 days history of unilateral (R) frontal headache, associated with (R) ocular pain followed by rash on (R) forehead + inability to open her (R) eye.
  • Case 3: u88M found to have multiple (R) hemispheric acute lacunar infarctions following a slow deterioration post fall 3 months prior.

VZV presentation Jordan June 2020


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Picture: Wikipedia 

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Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician
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