Herpes zoster reactivation after extracorporeal shock wave l
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Herpes zoster manifests as painful cutaneous eruptions over a single or two or more contiguous dermatomes.These eruptions are invariably unilateral, do not cross the midline and are most commonly distributed on the thorax but can appear anywhere on the body. It is well known that the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) lies dormant in the dorsal root nerve ganglion following a primary infection with the virus and can get reactivated at a later time. There are many risk factors for reactivation of VZV including mechanical trauma to the nervous system. Complications such as hematoma, adjacent organ contusion leading to inflammation have been mentioned as a potential side effect of SWL treatment. Therefore, it is possible that the nerve fibers along and adjacent to the pathway of shock waves can have varying degrees of trauma during SWL. We report a rare case of reactivation of VZV in the lower chest region following SWL treatment for a patient with right renal stone...

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