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Acute shingles after resection of thoracic schwannoma.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22740749     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Herpes zoster is relatively uncommon after surgery in immunocompetent patients. To our knowledge, there have been no reports of herpes zoster after the resection of a thoracic schwannoma. We report the case of a 48-year-old woman in whom acute shingles developed after the video-assisted thoracic surgical resection of a posterior mediastinal schwannoma adjacent to the 4th thoracic vertebral body. The patient recovered after receiving timely antiviral therapy. Rash and pain are common in patients who have wound infections and contact dermatitis after surgery, so the possible reactivation of varicella virus might not be prominent in the surgeon's mind. This case serves as a reminder that viral infections such as shingles should be considered in the differential diagnosis of postoperative erythema and pain.
Jason L Muesse; Shanda H Blackmon; Richard L Harris; Min P Kim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Texas Heart Institute journal / from the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1526-6702     ISO Abbreviation:  Tex Heart Inst J     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-28     Completed Date:  2012-11-19     Revised Date:  2013-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214622     Medline TA:  Tex Heart Inst J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  265-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use
Herpes Zoster / drug therapy,  virology*
Herpesvirus 3, Human / pathogenicity*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Middle Aged
Neurilemmoma / diagnosis,  surgery*
Thoracic Neoplasms / diagnosis,  surgery*
Thoracic Surgery, Video-Assisted / adverse effects*
Treatment Outcome
Virus Activation
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antiviral Agents

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