Journal Article

Multiple Cerebral Infarcts Due to Varicella-Zoster Virus Large-Vessel Vasculopathy in an Immunocompetent Adult without Skin Involvement

Nasir M. Ahmad and Susan E. Boruchoff

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue 1, pages e16-e18
Published in print July 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/375693
Multiple Cerebral Infarcts Due to Varicella-Zoster Virus Large-Vessel Vasculopathy in an Immunocompetent Adult without Skin Involvement

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We report the case of a 52-year-old immunocompetent man with varicella-zoster virus large-vessel vasculopathy and multiple bilateral cerebral infarcts who had no history of skin involvement. Etiologic diagnosis was made by isolation of varicella-zoster virus from a cerebrospinal fluid specimen. The patient had marked improvement in mental status after acyclovir therapy was initiated.

Journal Article.  1927 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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