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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2016 September-December;18(3-4):167-9

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language: Italian

A case of herpes zoster in an 11-month-old infant

Ermanno RUFFINI, Giulia ZORZI

UOC di Pediatria-Neonatologia, Ospedale “G. Mazzoni”, Ascoli Piceno, Italia


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Herpes zoster is the result of the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus remains latent in one or more sensory ganglia of the dorsal roots of the spinal cord and/or cranial nerve after primary infection (chickenpox). Herpes zoster is a typical adult infection, while it is relatively rare in children, particularly in the first year of life. In the first year of life it can manifest after the exposure to the varicella-zoster virus in the intrauterine period - the most frequent cause - or after the exposure durig the first months of life. In this age group the rarity of infection and mildly symptomatic clinical picture mean that the diagnosis is often delayed. We report a case of herpes zoster in a 11-month-old healthy infant whose mother has presented a varicella infection in the seventh month of pregnancy. Although the infection is diagnosed late, treatment with aciclovir resulted in complete resolution, except hypopigmentation.

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