Quantitation of varicella-zoster virus DNA in patients with Ramsay Hunt syndrome and zoster sine herpete.

@article{Furuta2001QuantitationOV,
  title={Quantitation of varicella-zoster virus DNA in patients with Ramsay Hunt syndrome and zoster sine herpete.},
  author={Yasushi Furuta and Fumio Ohtani and H Sawa and Satoshi Fukuda and Yukio Inuyama},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={39 8},
  pages={2856-9}
}
Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) reactivation causes facial nerve palsy in Ramsay Hunt syndrome (RHS) and zoster sine herpete (ZSH) with and without zoster rash, respectively. In the present study, we analyzed the VZV DNA copy number in saliva samples from 25 patients with RHS and 31 patients with ZSH using a TaqMan PCR assay to determine differences in the viral load between the two diseases. VZV copy number in saliva peaked near the day of the appearance of zoster in patients with RHS… CONTINUE READING
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