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Retroviral infection is known to cause varied manifestation of any disease. We report a 27-year-old female who presented with non-healing painful ulcer in the left hand of 6 months' duration. The patient was diagnosed as pyoderma gangrenosum and treated with immunosuppressant drugs. One month later, she developed perianal vesicles and Tzanck smear from the vesicles showed multinucleated giant cells. A workup for sexually transmitted disease revealed HIV 1 Elisa to be positive. Diagnosis of herpetic ulcer was made and treated with famciclovir and hand ulcer gradually healed in 25 days. We report this case to highlight the occurrence of herpetic ulcer in an unusual site in a HIV patient and may lead to misdiagnosis of pyoderma gangrenosum.
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Recent advances in our understanding of the replicative mechanism of HBV, and the development of potent nucleoside analogues as clinically effective inhibitors of the HIV reverse transcriptase or herpesvirus polymerases has opened a new era in the treatment of chronic HBV infection. Single agent therapies, such as famciclovir, lamivudine or lobucavir, have had some success. There is now a logical basis for combination therapy, because of the clear need for prolonged treatment and the associated possibility that drug resistant strains will emerge with monotherapy, but the choice of agents to combine and the regimens in which they should be employed remain uncertain.Copyright 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Eighteen consecutive patients who seroconverted to anti-HBe were included in the study. Serial serum samples were studied with the quantitative determination of HBV DNA by the branched DNA assay (Chiron) and by a quantitative PCR assay (Roche diagnostics), determination of pre-S1 Ag, the genetic analysis of the viral genome with the determination of pre-core promoter or pre-core region mutations with a line probe assay (Innogenetics) and, in selected samples of polymerase gene mutations.
Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is a ubiquitous human alphaherpesvirus that causes varicella (chicken pox) and herpes zoster (shingles). Varicella is a common childhood illness, characterized by fever, viremia, and scattered vesicular lesions of the skin. As is characteristic of the alphaherpesviruses, VZV establishes latency in cells of the dorsal root ganglia. Herpes zoster, caused by VZV reactivation, is a localized, painful, vesicular rash involving one or adjacent dermatomes. The incidence of herpes zoster increases with age or immunosuppression. The VZV virion consists of a nucleocapsid surrounding a core that contains the linear, double-stranded DNA genome; a protein tegument separates the capsid from the lipid envelope, which incorporates the major viral glycoproteins. VZV is found in a worldwide geographic distribution but is more prevalent in temperate climates. Primary VZV infection elicits immunoglobulin G (IgG), IgM, and IgA antibodies, which bind to many classes of viral proteins. Virus-specific cellular immunity is critical for controlling viral replication in healthy and immunocompromised patients with primary or recurrent VZV infections. Rapid laboratory confirmation of the diagnosis of varicella or herpes zoster, which can be accomplished by detecting viral proteins or DNA, is important to determine the need for antiviral therapy. Acyclovir is licensed for treatment of varicella and herpes zoster, and acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir are approved for herpes zoster. Passive antibody prophylaxis with varicella-zoster immune globulin is indicated for susceptible high-risk patients exposed to varicella. A live attenuated varicella vaccine (Oka/Merck strain) is now recommended for routine childhood immunization.
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To evaluate the quantitative effect of antiviral therapy on the frequency of HSV reactivation in HIV-infected persons.
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Two juvenile Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) presented with an acute onset of facial edema and lethargy. Examination of the oral cavity of each animal revealed cyanosis of the tip and distal margins of the tongue suggestive of endothelial inclusion body disease (EIBD) of elephants. Whole-blood samples were obtained, and polymerase chain reaction tests confirmed the presence of elephant herpesvirus. The animals were administered famciclovir (Famvir, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19101, USA), a potent human anti-herpesvirus drug, in the course of their disease, and recovery followed a treatment regime of 3-4 wk. These are the first known cases of elephants surviving EIBD.
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Prospective, randomized, controlled trials that evaluated efficacy and safety endpoints of antiviral agents in the treatment of Bell's palsy were included. Primary efficacy outcomes included facial paralysis recovery profile, facial paralysis recovery index, and the House-Brackmann facial nerve grading scale. Safety outcomes were also identified by each trial.
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Two recent studies have demonstrated single-day regimens of high-dose antiviral therapy (famciclovir 1000 mg twice daily for genital herpes, and famciclovir 1500 mg single dose for herpes labialis) to be effective episodic treatment strategies. Both have the potential to improve patient compliance and therapeutic satisfaction. Patient-initiated episodic therapy (PIE) regimens such as these may improve the time to treatment initiation, which can halt lesion development: PIE allows antiviral drugs to be administered in the narrow therapeutic window that occurs early in the course of a herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection episode. This review article discusses short-course antiviral therapy, which may offer an effective alternative to traditional episodic or suppressive antiviral regimens for HSV-related disease outbreaks.
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A wide range and combination of antiviral agents are currently used for initial and long-term treatment of ARN. Outcomes from the newer antivirals era were similar to those achieved during the acyclovir-only era. In both groups, the incidence of 20/200 or worse visual acuity was 24% per person-year (P = 0.91). The prevalence of retinal detachment was approximately 50% in each group (P = 0.59). No variables, including prophylactic laser retinopexy, were associated with risk of retinal detachment. Two patients (3.4%) developed ARN in the initially unaffected eye.
Three doses of famciclovir were tested for treatment of experimental ultraviolet radiation (UVR)-induced herpes labialis. Patients received 125, 250, or 500 mg of famciclovir or placebo 3 times a day for 5 days beginning 48 h after UVR exposure, a model of early episodic intervention. Of 248 patients irradiated, 102 developed lesions while on treatment. There were no significant differences between groups in the number of lesions. The mean maximal lesion size was reduced in a dose-proportional manner: 139, 105, 77, and 55 mm2 for the placebo and 125-, 250-, and 500-mg famciclovir groups, respectively (P=.040, linear regression). Median time to healing was faster in the 500-mg famciclovir group than in the placebo group, both by investigator (4 vs. 6 days, 33% reduction, P=.010) and patient assessment (3.0 vs. 5.8 days, 48% reduction, P=.008) analyses. These findings suggest that evaluation of higher drug doses for herpes labialis treatment is warranted.
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We found 13 systematic reviews, RCTs, or observational studies that met our inclusion criteria. We performed a GRADE evaluation of the quality of evidence for interventions.
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Lamivudine suppresses hepatitis B replication, but drug-resistant mutants emerge with long-term therapy. In vitro data suggest that lamivudine and famciclovir might synergistically inhibit hepadnaviral replication. We reviewed our experience with lamivudine and famciclovir in 24 patients with chronic hepatitis B infection.
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Human herpesviruses can be found worldwide and cause many viral infections in immunocompetent as well as in immunocompromised patients. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) diseases can be the cause of life-threatening disease, especially in neonates. After initial infection, HSV persists latently in host neurons with the risk of periodical reactivation over a lifetime. The development of acyclovir, a potent and specific nucleoside inhibitor of the herpes DNA polymerase, was a milestone in the history of antiviral drugs in the late 1970s. During the last decades a better understanding of the replication and disease-causing state of HSV types 1 and 2 has been achieved enabling the development of new and potent antiviral compounds. In the mid-1990s, for example, valacyclovir and famciclovir were launched as prodrugs of acyclovir with improved bioavailability. Despite the numerous drugs available for the systemic treatment of HSV infections, the topical application of a cream containing an antiviral agent is still the most convenient method of treating herpes simplex labialis/facialis in the general population. For some time, the topical standard treatment for recurrent HSV infections has been acyclovir cream, despite the fact that the evidence for efficacy in recurrent episodes has been equivocal. Penciclovir, a novel acyclic nucleoside analogue, has demonstrated efficacy against HSV types 1 and 2 and seems to have a pharmacological advantage due to a prolonged half-life of its active form in HSV-infected cells. This review discusses and compares the topical treatment modalities available for HSV infections. As a conclusion, different studies are available that have shown that it is possible to reduce viral replication and hasten lesion resolution with 1% penciclovir treatment beyond the prodromal phase of the HSV infection. Comparing data of topical treatment with acyclovir and penciclovir revealed a superiority for penciclovir cream showing a significant decrease in time to lesion healing, lesion area and pain. While systemic acyclovir or valacyclovir may be valid drugs especially for HSV prophylaxis, 1% penciclovir cream should be preferred as topical treatment since there are good therapeutic results independent of the phase of development of herpetic eruptions.
Infectious mononucleosis usually runs a mild self-limiting course. Complications arise rarely and when so, corticosteroids are the mainstay of their treatment. The role of antivirals in the management of severe EBV infections is debatable.
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We report two Chinese patients in whom lamivudine treatment resulted in HBsAg seroclearance. One patient received lamivudine, and another patient received 12-week famciclovir treatment followed by lamivudine. Lamivudine was maintained after HBeAg seroconversion. These two patients lost HBsAg at 24 and 27 months (ages, 23 and 19.3 years, respectively) and developed measurable titer of anti-HBs after 65 and 71 months of therapy, respectively. The liver biochemistry was normal after HBeAg seroconversion. The serum hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA levels were undetectable (<200 copies/ml) both at the time of HBeAg seroconversion and at the last follow-up. Liver biopsy of one patient showed nearly normal histology, with undetectable intrahepatic total HBV DNA and covalently closed circular DNA. In conclusion, lamivudine therapy can result in HBsAg seroclearance at an early age even though the phenomenon is rare.
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Oral and perioral herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections in healthy individuals often present with signs and symptoms that are clearly recognized by oral health care providers (OHCPs). Management of these infections is dependent upon a variety of factors and several agents may be used for treatment to accelerate healing and decrease symptoms associated with lesions. This article will review the pertinent aspects of topical and systemic therapies of HSV infections for the OHCP.
Over the past several years, there have been advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cutaneous viral diseases in elderly patients. Herpes zoster is caused by reactivation in adults of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) that causes chickenpox in children. For many years, aciclovir was the gold standard of antiviral therapy for the treatment of herpes zoster. Famciclovir and valaciclovir are newer antivirals, which offer less frequent administration. Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) refers to pain lasting 2 months or more after an acute attack of herpes zoster. The pain may be constant or intermittent. The treatment of established PHN may include topical anaesthetics, analgesics, tricyclic antidepressants and anticonvulsants, and nonpharmacological therapy may be used to complement such treatment. Therapeutic strategies to prevent PHN include the use of oral corticosteroids, nerve blocks, and treatment with standard antiviral therapy. The three most recently discovered human herpes viruses (HHV-6, HHV-7 and HHV-8), in common with the other members of the family, may cause a primary infection, establish latent infection in a specific set of cells in their host, and then reactivate if conditions of altered immunity develop. These viruses have been associated with an array of disorders, which are important for the clinician to recognise. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a member of the herpesvirus family that is very prevalent worldwide. More than 80% of primary infections and 20% of reactivation-producing symptoms occur in transplant populations. Treatment options include intravenous administration of ganciclovir, foscarnet or cidofovir. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) most commonly affects the genital and perioral regions. In the elderly, HSV infection is typically manifest at the vermilion border of the lip. The main concern of recurrent herpes labialis in the elderly is related to potential autoinoculation of the eye or genital area. Treatment with aciclovir, famciclovir or valaciclovir is indicated for these infections. Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a poxvirus, which produces cutaneous lesions that appear as small, firm, umbilicated papules. Immunocompromised patients often do not respond to the usual destructive therapies, and intravenous or topical cidofovir may be useful in these patients.
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A multicenter, open-label study evaluated the single-dose pharmacokinetics and safety of a pediatric oral famciclovir (prodrug of penciclovir) formulation in infants aged 1 to 12 months with suspicion or evidence of herpes simplex virus infection. Individualized single doses of famciclovir based on the infant's body weight ranged from 25 to 175 mg. Eighteen infants were enrolled (1 to <3 months old [n = 8], 3 to <6 months old [n = 5], and 6 to 12 months old [n = 5]). Seventeen infants were included in the pharmacokinetic analysis; one infant experienced immediate emesis and was excluded. Mean C(max) and AUC(0-6) values of penciclovir in infants <6 months of age were approximately 3- to 4-fold lower than those in the 6- to 12-month age group. Specifically, mean AUC(0-6) was 2.2 microg h/ml in infants aged 1 to <3 months, 3.2 microg h/ml in infants aged 3 to <6 months, and 8.8 microg h/ml in infants aged 6 to 12 months. These data suggested that the dose administered to infants <6 months was less than optimal. Eight (44.4%) infants experienced at least one adverse event with gastrointestinal events reported most commonly. An updated pharmacokinetic analysis was conducted, which incorporated the data in infants from the present study and previously published data on children 1 to 12 years of age. An eight-step dosing regimen was derived that targeted exposure in infants and children 6 months to 12 years of age to match the penciclovir AUC seen in adults after a 500-mg dose of famciclovir.
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Valaciclovir is an aciclovir prodrug used to treat infections caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) and varicella zoster virus, and for prophylaxis against cytomegalovirus (CMV). Oral valaciclovir provides significantly better oral bioavailability than oral aciclovir itself, contributing to the need for less frequent administration. Several studies have demonstrated the efficacy of long term (> 90 days) therapy with valaciclovir for the suppression of genital HSV disease in otherwise healthy individuals with HSV infection. In 1 randomised, double-blind trial, once daily valaciclovir (1000 mg, 500 mg and 250 mg) produced statistically significant suppression of disease recurrence, as did twice daily valaciclovir 250 mg and aciclovir 400 mg. Valaciclovir dosages of > or = 500 mg daily are recommended for suppression of genital herpes recurrences in immunocompetent individuals. This disease occurs frequently in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and, in a single randomised double-blind trial, prophylactic valaciclovir (1000 mg once daily or 500 mg twice daily) and aciclovir (400 mg twice daily) were found to be of similar efficacy in the suppression of genital herpes. However, a higher than expected dropout rate indicated that more studies of valaciclovir in patients with HIV are required. In a randomised trial of patients undergoing renal transplant, valaciclovir 2 g 4 times daily for 90 days significantly reduced the incidence and delayed the onset of CMV disease: the incidence in valaciclovir-treated patients who were CMV-seronegative at baseline, and recieived a kidney from a CMV-seropositive donor, was 3% versus 45% for placebo after 90 days of treatment. Acute graft rejection was also reduced in the valaciclovir-treated group. A small study in heart transplant patients compared valaciclovir (2 g 4 times daily) with aciclovir (200 mg 4 times daily) and found a significant reduction in CMV antigenaemia favouring valacilovir at the end of the treatment period. Additional reductions in other indices of CMV in those given valaciclovir compared with aciclovir were also noted. In a preliminary study of prophylaxis for CMV disease in bone marrow transplant recipients valaciclovir (2 g 4 times daily) was superior to aciclovir (800 mg 4 times daily) in terms of time to CMV viraemia or viruria. Although valaciclovir (8 g/day for approximately 30 weeks) reduced the incidence and time to CMV disease compared with aciclovir (3.2 g/day) in patients with advanced HIV disease, valaciclovir was associated with more gastrointestinal complaints and an increased risk of death, leading to premature termination of the study. As yet, no trials comparing the efficacy of valaciclovir with famciclovir (the oral prodrug for penciclovir) in the suppression of recurrent episodes of genital herpes have been published, nor have direct comparisons been made, between valaciclovir with ganciclovir in patients with CMV disease. Valaciclovir is well tolerated at dosages used to suppress recurrent episodes of genital herpes (500 to 1000 mg/day) in immunocompetent and HIV seropositive individuals, with headache being reported most often. However, a potentially fatal thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA)-like syndrome has been reported in some immunocompromised patients receiving high-dose prophylactic valaciclovir therapy (8 g/day) for CMV disease for prolonged periods, and the risk of this syndrome appears to be higher in patients with advanced HIV disease. While the clinical benefits of valaciclovir in some immunocompromised patients may outweigh the risk of TMA, close monitoring for symptoms of TMA is indicated in all immunocompromised patients receiving high-dose valaciclovir.
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To discuss the antiviral activity, pharmacokinetics, clinical efficacy, and adverse effect profile of famciclovir, the oral prodrug of penciclovir (PCV), and to compare these features of famciclovir with those of acyclovir in the treatment of herpesvirus infections.
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A 16-year-old spayed female cat was evaluated for lagophthalmos and chronic exposure keratitis in both eyes. Ophthalmic examination revealed upper and lower eyelid entropion of the left eye (OS) and markedly decreased retropulsion, restricted eye movement, marked episcleral congestion, and severe keratitis of both eyes (OU). Magnetic resonance imaging of both orbits revealed extensive, irregular, contrast-enhancing tissue without evidence of osteolysis considered compatible with diffuse inflammatory tissue. Feline herpesvirus DNA was not detected in conjunctival samples. Partial temporary tarsorrhaphies were placed OU, and the cat was treated with topically administered erythromycin ointment OU, orally administered famciclovir and prednisolone, and sublingually administered buprenorphine. Little improvement was noted after 2 weeks. Six weeks after initial presentation, a left exenteration was performed and histopathology was consistent with idiopathic sclerosing orbital pseudotumor (ISOP). Ten weeks after initial presentation, the patient represented for weight loss and jaw pain. Computed tomography demonstrated disease progression in the right orbit and the patient was euthanized. Histopathology of the decalcified skull revealed an aggressive and highly infiltrative mass involving the right orbit with extension to the maxilla, hard palate, nasal cavity and gingiva most consistent with feline restrictive orbital myofibroblastic sarcoma (FROMS). Clinical data from this patient support the reclassification of ISOP as FROMS. MRI and CT may provide supportive evidence for FROMS, but histopathology is necessary for definitive diagnosis. Aggressive and early surgical treatment, including bilateral exenteration, with adjunctive radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy should be considered for patients with FROMS.
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Current treatment trends vary widely, including single agents or combinations of oral, intravenous, and intravitreal agents. Differing strategies did not affect outcomes. The final visual acuity in ARN was generally poor. Retinal detachment was common and could neither be predicted nor prevented. Development of ARN in the unaffected fellow eye occurred rarely. Long-term oral antiviral treatment strategies varied with unclear relative efficacy.
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We studied 29 eyes of 24 patients, treated from 1987 through 2009. Mean age was 42.6 years and mean follow-up was 44.0 months. Twelve patients (14 eyes) were treated with combined systemic and intravitreal antiviral therapy and 12 patients (15 eyes) with systemic therapy alone. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis revealed that patients receiving combination intravitreal and systemic antiviral therapy were more likely to have VA improved by 2 lines or greater (P=.006). Patients receiving combination therapy also showed a decreased incidence of progression to severe visual loss (0.13/patient-years [PY]) compared to patients receiving systemic therapy alone (0.54/PY, P=.02) and had decreased incidence of RD (0.29/PY vs 0.74/PY, P=.03).