Varicella zoster virus and central nervous system syndromes.

  title={Varicella zoster virus and central nervous system syndromes.},
  author={Donald H. Gilden},
  journal={Herpes : the journal of the IHMF},
  volume={11 Suppl 2},
Varicella zoster virus (VZV) causes chicken pox (varicella) after which it establishes latency and can subsequently reactivate to cause herpes zoster. Central nervous system (CNS) complications can follow both primary infection and reactivation of VZV. The more serious manifestations arise when VZV invades the spinal cord or cerebral arteries after reactivation of the virus, causing diseases such as myelitis and focal vasculopathies. The International Herpes Management Forum (IHMF) has… CONTINUE READING
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