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In addition to the atypical clinical presentation, the serological assays for HSV were negative using ELISA at the time of diagnosis of ARN and 1 year after. HSV2 infection was confirmed by using polymerase chain reaction of aqueous humor specimen and in situ hybridization of a retinal biopsy. Retrospective analysis with the Western blot technique detected low titers of anti-HSV antibodies, when the sera were concentrated 5-fold.
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Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) resistance to antiviral drugs has been described primarily in immunocompromised patients. We report an apparently immunocompetent, human immunodeficiency virus-negative male patient who has experienced repeated HSV-2 genital outbreaks despite receiving antiviral prophylaxis with several different drugs. Several of the HSV-2 genital isolates from this patient have been confirmed as resistant to acyclovir and penciclovir. Antiviral resistance occurred in the setting of long-term prednisone treatment and intermittent acyclovir prophylaxis at suboptimal doses and persisted despite the cessation of oral steroid treatment. The patient's genital herpes outbreaks were not controlled by high-dose prophylaxis with acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir. Cessation of antiviral prophylaxis resulted in reversion of this patient's HSV-2 isolates to acyclovir and penciclovir sensitivity, although resistant virus reappeared when antiviral prophylaxis was resumed. Transmission of a sensitive HSV-2 strain from this patient to a female sex partner was observed. These observations confirm previous reports that resistance to acyclovir may develop during prophylactic therapy in an otherwise well, immunocompetent patient. These findings support the conclusion that both drug-sensitive and drug-resistant HSV-2 strains established latency in this patient and that both strains are capable of frequent reactivation.
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Two cases of conjugal contact transfer vaccinia are described. Each patient had intimate contact after their respective partners, active-duty military personnel, received the smallpox vaccination.
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Both doses of valaciclovir were equally effective. Patients receiving the lower dose of valaciclovir experienced a median episode length of 4.0 days compared with 5.9 days for those receiving placebo treatment (hazard ratio, 1.9; 95% confidence interval [Cl], 1.6-2.3). Valaciclovir therapy increased the proportion of patients in whom the development of vesicular and ulcerative lesions was prevented in comparison with placebo treatment: 31% vs 21% (relative risk, 1.5; 95% CI, 1.1-1.9). Valaciclovir therapy accelerated the resolution of pain (hazard ratio, 1.8; 95% CI, 1.5-2.1) and the time to cessation of viral shedding (hazard ratio, 2.9; 95% CI, 2.1-3.9). Adverse reactions among the valaciclovir groups were comparable with those of the placebo group.
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No drug-resistant HSV-2 and only a single drug-resistant HSV-1 variant were identified. Virus recovered from the first three sequential passages of this HSV-1 sample was susceptible by PRA, although the proportion of resistant virus recovered gradually increased upon passage. The resistant HSV-1 phenotype was confirmed by PRA after four sequential passages in mice. Unexpectedly, this in vivo-selected drug-resistant HSV-1 failed to yield an infection completely refractory to treatment in subsequent passages.
The development of the antiherpetic therapeutical system was remarkable in the last decade. Nucleoside analogs (5-iodine-2-deoxiuridine, citodine-arabinotide, adenine-arabinotide), as well as specific inhibitors of viruses (Zovirax or Acyclovir) are active medicines for both local and wide-spread forms of the herpes virus infection.
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This review will discuss vaccination strategies and the current status of antivirals against VZV. A live attenuated vaccine, Varivax, is available for pediatric varicella while Zostavax was developed to boost VZV-specific cell-mediated immunity in adults older than 60 years and, via this mechanism, to decrease the burden of herpes zoster and pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia. Despite the availability of a vaccine, there is a need for new antiviral agents. Current drugs approved for the treatment of VZV infections include nucleoside analogs that target the viral DNA polymerase and depend on the viral thymidine kinase. Novel anti-VZV drugs have recently been evaluated in clinical trials, including the bicyclic nucleoside analog FV-100, the helicase-primase inhibitor ASP2151 and valomaciclovir (prodrug of the acyclic guanosine derivative H2G).
Human herpesvirus 6B (HHV-6B) frequently reactivates after cord blood transplantation (CBT). We previously reported an association between HHV-6B reactivation and delirium after hematopoietic cell transplantation. In this prospective study, 35 CBT recipients underwent twice-weekly plasma PCR testing for HHV-6 and thrice-weekly delirium assessment until day 84. There was a quantitative association between HHV-6B reactivation and delirium in univariable (odds ratio, 2.88; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.97-8.59) and bivariable models. In addition, intensified prophylaxis with high-dose valacyclovir mitigated HHV-6B reactivation (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.39; 95% CI, 0.14-1.08). Larger trials are needed to explore the utility of HHV-6B prophylaxis after CBT.
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This study established that single-day famciclovir therapy was noninferior to 3-day valacyclovir therapy in reducing time to healing of all nonaborted genital herpes lesions (median time to healing, 4.25 days vs. 4.08 days). Approximately one-third of patients in each treatment group had aborted genital herpes episodes, suggesting that both treatments have similar efficacy in preventing outbreaks or progression of lesions beyond the papule stage. There was no significant difference in time to resolution of symptoms associated with recurrence. The overall incidence of adverse events was similar (23.2% for the famciclovir group vs. 22.3% for the valacyclovir group), with headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain reported most often.
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The signs, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatment of human herpesviruses are discussed, including advances and refinements in treatment options. Various treatment drugs, such as Zovirax, Famvir, Cidofovir, Foscarnet, Valtrex, and Virend, are examined. Genital herpes vaccines and possible alternative therapies are reviewed. In particular, varicella zoster virus, the virus that produces chicken pox and shingles, is examined, including its signs, symptoms, and intervention strategies using famciclovir and sorivudine. Final comments discuss the Epstein-Barr virus, the cause of mononucleosis, the newly discovered human herpesviruses, and the future prospects for identifying and appropriately treating herpesviruses.
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We have analysed zoster-associated pain treated with valaciclovir (VCV) in immunocompetent patients with acute herpes zoster over 6 months, and evaluated the safety of VCV. We know of no reports that evaluate postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) treated with VCV for 6 months. Predisposing factors that influence PHN were age (over 60 years), clustered vesicles, severity of eruption, sleep disturbance, and hypesthesia. Timing of the administration of VCV before or after the onset of rash did not influence the incidence of PHN. No serious adverse reactions were observed during the administration of VCV.
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Tacrolimus ointment 0.1 percent is a well-established topical therapy for treating atopic dermatitis. Efficacy and safety have been described in several trials. Here, we present a patient with rapid onset of extensive varicella zoster infection in tacrolimus-treated skin: a side effect that has only occasionally been reported. Early recognition is important because rapid treatment for herpes zoster may lead to less frequent post-herpetic neuralgia and serious complications.
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Fifty-six subjects with at least 1 polymerase chain reaction measurement in both treatment periods comprised the primary efficacy population. Valacyclovir significantly reduced shedding during subclinical days compared to placebo [mean, 1.5% vs. 5.1% of subclinical days (P <0.001), a 71% reduction]. Eighty-four percent of subjects had no shedding while receiving valacyclovir versus 54% of subjects on placebo (P <0.001). Eighty-eight percent of patients receiving valacyclovir had no recognized signs or symptoms versus 77% for placebo (P = 0.033). Valacyclovir was not associated with any safety risk compared with placebo.
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This was a retrospective, consecutive, noncomparative, interventional case series of 12 eyes in ten patients with RRD secondary to viral retinitis. Results of vitreous or aqueous biopsy, effect of antiviral therapeutics, time to retinal detachment, course of visual acuity, and anatomic and surgical outcomes were investigated.
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Thirty eyes of 28 patients with herpetic disease were included in the study. Group 1 patients (15 eyes of 15 subjects) received topical acyclovir (ACV) ointment. Oral valacyclovir (VACV) was prescribed to group 2 (15 eyes of 13 patients). The anterior segment of each eye was carefully examined by slit lamp and scored. Each patient was also instructed to grade his/her subjective symptoms. The corneal lesion healed significantly faster in the group 2 eyes compared to the group 1 eyes. Photophobia score on day 3 and slit-lamp score on day 10 were at significantly lower levels in group 2 compared to group 1. In herpetic keratitis, oral VACV can be a good alternative to ACV ointment therapy.
This was a multicenter, open-label, randomized, two-arm, crossover 48-week study involving 225 patients with genital herpes.
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Structure-activity relationship studies showed that the nature of the grafted oligoamine of the polycation plays an essential role in the antiviral activity against HSV-1 and HSV-2. Dextran-propan-1,3-diamine (DPD) was found to be the most potent of all the compounds examined. DPD did not decrease the infectivity of HSV upon direct exposure to the virions. The growth of HSV was significantly inhibited when DPD was added to the host cells 1 h prior to infection, thus preventing the adsorption and penetration of the virus into the cells.
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We conducted a retrospective study in RTR given VACV as cytomegalovirus prophylaxis, from January 1999 to December 2000, to define the incidence rate, type and outcome of VACV-induced ANE, and to identify risk factors for ANE. The VACV-induced ANE were defined as neuropsychiatric disorders justifying VACV dose reduction or withdrawal. Patients with and without VACV-induced ANE were compared by univariate and multivariate analysis.
A substantial number of HSV-2 seropositive individuals lack a history of clinically recognized genital herpes. These individuals can transmit disease during periods of asymptomatic viral shedding. The frequency of asymptomatic shedding and the efficacy of antiviral therapy in reducing shedding has not been assessed in this population.
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The prodrug valaciclovir demonstrated good oral absorption, rapid distribution and elimination, and extensive biotransformation to acyclovir in male CD rats. The mean urinary excretion of radioactivity following oral and intravenous administration of [8-14C]valaciclovir (25 mg/kg) was 65% and 95% of the dose, respectively. Acyclovir was the predominant radiolabeled urinary metabolite accounting for 57% and 65% of the dose, respectively, with valaciclovir accounting for 2% and 23% of the dose, respectively. Radioactivity from an oral dose of [8-14C]valaciclovir (10 mg/kg) was distributed to all 14 tissues examined 20 min postdose. The stomach, small intestine, kidney, liver, lymph nodes, and skin received the highest exposure to radioactivity, and the brain received the lowest exposure. Radioactivity in most tissues cleared by 24 hr postdose, and that in urine and feces accounted for essentially all of the administered dose by 48 hr postdose. Acyclovir derived from valaciclovir (10 and 25 mg/kg) exhibited dose-independent pharmacokinetics. The Cmax and AUC for acyclovir achieved with orally administered valaciclovir were 8- and 4-fold higher, respectively, than those estimated for an equivalent dose of acyclovir. The half-life of acyclovir derived from valaciclovir was approximately 1 hr, whereas that of valaciclovir was approximately 7 min. Valaciclovir was more efficiently metabolized when administered orally, indicating first-pass intestinal and/or hepatic metabolism. Rapid hydrolysis of valaciclovir in rat liver and intestinal homogenates further suggested the significance of presystemic metabolism. These studies indicate that valaciclovir is an efficient acyclovir prodrug particularly suited for oral administration.
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Acute retinal necrosis syndrome (ARNS) is a rare but devastating uveitic syndrome with devastating visual outcome (visual prognosis ++). It should be diagnosed as early as possible because of its severity and its risk of bilateralization. This is a rare entity caused by the group of herpes viruses. In immunocompromised patients the complications of RNA syndrome often lead to loss of visual acuity. After the discovery of this disease using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immune load coefficient (ILC) usually by puncturing the cornea to evacuate the aqueous humour, the confirmation of this diagnosis allows for faster optimization of disease management decreasing the time required to confirm the diagnosis. ARN syndrome is associated with a very poor prognosis. Recent studies have shown that oral antiviral (valaciclovir, famciclovir and valganciclovir) and intravitreal therapies without initial intravenous treatment are an effective treatment for RNA.
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Bilateral herpetic keratitis presenting as PUK is an extremely rare manifestation of herpetic disease. PUK can pose a diagnostic dilemma in cases with immune system dysregulation. Excluding infectious agents is mandatory for appropriate treatment.
To explore the possibility of oral antiviral therapy in lieu of intravenous acyclovir for treating acute retinal necrosis (ARN), a necrotizing retinopathy caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2 or by varicella zoster virus.
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Neurological manifestations of mononucleosis are extremely rare, occurring in about 1% of all cases. However, when they occur, appropriate treatment must be undertaken to ensure appropriate symptomatic management and reduce morbidity. We present the case of a 25-year-old graduate student with weeklong complaints of fever, sore throat, fatigue, nausea, and "dizziness." She later developed increased sleep requirements, ataxia, vertigo, and nystagmus with a positive EBV IgM titer confirming acute infectious mononucleosis. The patient was clinically diagnosed with EBV-associated cerebellitis and encephalitis, displaying neurological and psychiatric impairment commonly seen in postconcussion syndrome. MRI showed no acute changes. She was started on valacyclovir and a prednisone taper, recovering by the end of twelve weeks. Though corticosteroids and acyclovir are not recommended therapy in patients presenting with EBV-associated ataxia, clinicians may want to keep a low threshold to start these medications in case more serious neurological sequelae develop.
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Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common viral infection, affecting nearly 40,000 infants each year in the United States. Of seronegative women, 1-4% will acquire a primary infection during pregnancy, and the majority of these women will be asymptomatic. Prior maternal exposure to CMV does not preclude neonatal infection. The purpose of this document is to review diagnosis of primary maternal CMV infection, diagnosis of fetal CMV infection, and whether antenatal therapy is warranted. We recommend the following: (1) that women with a diagnosis of primary CMV infection in pregnancy be advised that the risk of congenital infection is 30-50%, on average, and that the severity of infection varies widely (Best Practice); (2) for women suspected of having primary CMV infection in pregnancy, we recommend that diagnosis should be either by IgG seroconversion or with positive CMV IgM, positive IgG, and low IgG avidity (grade 1B); (3) amniocentesis is the best option as a prenatal diagnostic tool to detect fetal congenital CMV infection, performed >21 weeks of gestation and >6 weeks from maternal infection (grade 1C); (4) we do not recommend routine screening of all pregnant women for evidence of primary CMV infection at this time (grade 1B); and (5) we do not recommend antenatal treatment with ganciclovir or valacyclovir; and we recommend that any antenatal therapy, either with antivirals or CMV hyperimmune globulin, should only be offered as part of a research protocol (Best Practice).
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A 23-year-old primigravida at 9 weeks' gestation was presented to our institution because of the sudden onset of sore throat, fever, chills, and vomiting for 5 days. She was diagnosed with early pregnancy H1N1 infection, vulvar herpes infection, and impending intravascular disseminated coagulopathy. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) 75 mg and valacyclovir 500 mg were then administered orally twice daily for 5 days. The patient's fever, chills, and vomiting subsided 2 days later. The real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis of nasal discharge for influenza virus types A and B showed positive results for the A/H1N1 influenza virus. The early pregnancy was terminated by therapeutic curettage at the patient's request. The surgical specimen revealed products of conception with the presence of necrotic chorionic villi, and focal lymphocytes in decidual tissue. RT-PCR analysis of gestational tissue for A/H1N1 was negative.
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CMV viremia is not an independent risk factor for SCR. CMV viremia with viral load of more than or equal to 2000 copies/mL is associated with increased risk of IF/TA in protocol biopsy at 3 months after transplantation.