Early diagnosis of herpes zoster by polymerase chain reaction.


BACKGROUND Herpes zoster is a common disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The use of virostatic agents as early as possible is necessary in shortening zoster-associated pain. OBJECTIVES Rapid diagnosis is necessary for the optimal efficacy of antiviral therapy. The diagnosis in the early stage of infection is often difficult. METHODS In the… (More)


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