Herpes Zoster at the site of a peripherally inserted central catheter

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We present the case of a patient who developed shingles overlying the incision site of a recently buried central venous access port, illustrating the need to consider this diagnosis as a unique imposter of localized infection or reaction at sites of recent procedural trauma” Hess et al (2016).

Abstract:

Herpes zoster, commonly called shingles, is a disease that results from the reactivation of varicella zoster virus. Local trauma has been reported as a precipitant for reactivation, but this condition is rarely seen localized to a fresh surgical incision. We present the case of a patient who developed shingles overlying the incision site of a recently buried central venous access port, illustrating the need to consider this diagnosis as a unique imposter of localized infection or reaction at sites of recent procedural trauma.

Reference:

Hess, R.A., Gunnerson, K. and Kahler, J. (2016) Herpes Zoster Overlying Recently Placed Central Venous Access Site: A Case Report. CJEM. July 27th. [Epub ahead of print].

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