α Herpes Virus Infections Among Renal Transplant Recipients

Cybele Lara Abad, Raymund R Razonable

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Abstract

The α herpes viruses HSV-1, HSV-2, and VZV often reactivate in the setting of immune suppression after solid organ transplantation. Oral or genital mucocutaneous disease is the most common clinical manifestation of HSV disease while VZV manifests as varicella (or chickenpox) or reactivation herpes zoster, characterized by a diffuse rash, or a painful unilateral vesicular eruption in a dermatomal distribution, respectively. The diagnosis of HSV and VZV is primarily based on history and clinical presentation, although diagnostic tests may be necessary for atypical presentations of disease. Treatment usually involves oral or intravenous antiviral therapy, depending on severity of illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-350
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Nephrology
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • infection
  • kidney transplant
  • α virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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