Herpes zoster (HZ) is an acute segmental eruption of herpetiform-grouped vesicles due to endogenous reactivation of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection of nerval segments. Treatment of choice is systemic acyclovir and other antiviral agents are available. For elderly people, VZV vaccine is an option in secondary prevention.



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Varicella-zoster virus (VZV)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Dermatology and AllergologyAcademic Teaching Hospital Dresden-FriedrichstadtDresdenGermany

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