Chronic recurrent varicella-zoster virus keratitis confirmed by polymerase chain reaction testing

M. Teresa Magone, Robert E. Nasser, A. Vicky Cevallos, Todd P. Margolis

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To report a case of chronic recurrent varicella virus epithelial keratitis in a child. DESIGN: Case report. METHODS: Clinical examination and polymerase chain reaction analysis of corneal epithelium. RESULTS: A 10-year-old healthy child developed chronic recurrent varicella virus keratitis with pseudodendrites after recovering from systemic varicella. Analysis of the debrided pseudodendrites was repeatedly positive for VZV DNA and negative for HSV DNA. Treatment with oral acyclovir and topical corticosteroid drops was effective in eliminating the pseudodendrites; however, recurrences occurred once the medications were discontinued. CONCLUSIONS: Varicella virus epithelial keratitis in children can be a recurrent chronic condition requiring prolonged treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1135-1136
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Volume139
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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