Case Report
Volume 13 Issue 10 - 2021
A Case Report of Herpes Zoster Infection Manifested as Pricking Chest Pain Followed by Postherpetic Neuralgia in a Patient Recovered with COVID-19
Mahesh D, Lingeshwaran GP, Kaviya S, Kaoshik S and Rajanandh MG*
Department of Pharmacy Practice, Sri Ramachandra Faculty of Pharmacy, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Deemed to be University, Porur, Chennai, India
*Corresponding Author: Rajanandh MG, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Deemed to be University, Porur, Chennai, India.
Received: August 18, 2021; Published: September 06, 2021


Background: COVID-19 infection affects Respiratory system as well as other organs such as the skin. Herein, we report a case of varicella zoster virus (VZV) reactivation in a patient who had recovered from COVID-19 infection and had also been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Case Description: After the 18thday of COVID-19 recovery, the 37-year-old patient began to have right-sided chest pain on and off. One week before to the COVID-19 attack, one dose of COVISHIELD was given. The patient was advised to undergo an electrocardiogram (ECG) and a postero-anterior chest x-ray (CXR-PA). The ECG revealed sinus tachycardia and did not showed the hallmark characters for myocardial infarction (MI) such as ST segment elevation and ST segment depression. The CXR-PA was normal. He approached with a major complaint of severe blisters over his right chest after three days. However, there have been no reports of burning or itching. Herpes zoster (HZ) was confirmed when erythematous grouped vesicles corresponding to the right-sided T3 dermatome was discovered during an examination. For two months after finishing herpes zoster therapy, the patient suffered from post-herpetic neuralgia.

Conclusion: It is difficult to confirm if the COVID-19 infection or COVID-19 immunization increases the risk of HZ based on current information, which is restricted to case reports and case series. More research is needed to determine the precise mechanism of HZ after COVID-19 recovery and vaccines. During the pandemic, practitioners should be aware of the potential elevated risk of HZ and consider timely treatment and preventive actions.

Keywords: Herpes Zoster; Post-Herpetic Neuralgia; COVID-19; Vaccination


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Citation: Rajanandh MG., et al. “A Case Report of Herpes Zoster Infection Manifested as Pricking Chest Pain Followed by Postherpetic Neuralgia in a Patient Recovered with COVID-19”. EC Neurology 13.10 (2021): 03-09.

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