Pericarditis caused by herpes zoster.

Authors:
Tetsuo Yamanaka
Tetsuo Yamanaka
Middle Tennessee State University
Toru Fukatsu
Toru Fukatsu
Tokyo Teishin Byoin
Chiyoda | Japan
Koutarou Miyata
Koutarou Miyata
Tokyo Teishin Hospital
Yoshimaro Ichinohe
Yoshimaro Ichinohe
Tokyo Teishin Byoin
Airi Mori
Airi Mori
Nuclear Safety Research Center
Takafumi Etou
Takafumi Etou
Tokyo Teishin Hospital
Yasunobu Hirata
Yasunobu Hirata
Graduate School of Medicine
Japan

J Cardiol Cases 2019 Mar 23;19(3):77-80. Epub 2018 Dec 23.

Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Tokyo Teishin Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.

A 53-year-old immunocompetent male visited our hospital complaining of chest pain which persisted for 6 h. After detailed examination, the patient was diagnosed with viral pericarditis and treated with aspirin. On day 3 after admission, rash with blisters appeared on the right side of chest. Paired serum evaluation on the day of admission and 3 weeks later revealed that varicella zoster virus(VZV)titer had significantly increased, and the patient was diagnosed with pericarditis caused by herpes zoster. Although VZV is known to cause various complications, there are few reports of pericarditis associated with VZV. We should consider the possibility of concomitant pericarditis with herpes zoster. < Although varicella zoster virus may cause various complications, the occurrence of myopericarditis is rare. Based on this case, it is suggested that pericarditis may develop concurrently with herpes zoster. Therefore, we should consider this possibility in patients exhibiting herpes zoster on the chest.>.

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March 2019
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