Herpes Zoster and the Risk of Stroke in Patients With Autoimmune Diseases.

@article{Calabrese2017HerpesZA,
  title={Herpes Zoster and the Risk of Stroke in Patients With Autoimmune Diseases.},
  author={Leonard H. Calabrese and Fenglong Xie and Huifeng Yun and Kevin L. Winthrop and John W. Baddley and Cassandra M Calabrese and Jeffrey R. Curtis},
  journal={Arthritis & rheumatology},
  year={2017},
  volume={69 2},
  pages={439-446}
}
OBJECTIVE Herpes zoster (HZ) is an opportunistic infection caused by varicella-zoster virus and observed with increasing frequency in patients receiving immunosuppressive therapies. The literature has suggested that the risk of stroke may increase shortly after HZ, but little is known about this association in patients with autoimmune diseases, who are at increased risk of both zoster and stroke. METHODS Medicare data from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2013 were used to identify… CONTINUE READING

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