November 25, 2015
Herpes zoster was a hot topic at this year’s American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting with no less than 13 abstracts that addressed this important opportunistic infection.
I previously commented on our work that demonstrated herpes zoster (HZ) is associated with an about 30% increased risk of stroke in the month after infection. For patients afflicted with HZ of the trigeminal nerve (i.e., herpes zoster ophthalmicus), this increase may exceed 300% for the first several months. We also demonstrated that prompt treatment may mitigate these risks. In light of these data, we were interested in what was presented in terms of understanding pathogenesis and what can be done to prevent HZ.