Varicella Zoster Infection in Infancy (A Very Rare Case Report)

Document Type : Case Report


1 Dermatology Department Hazrat Rasoul Hospital Ferdows, Birjand University of Medical Science, Birjand, Iran

2 Infection Control and Hand Hygine Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Science, Mashhad, Iran


Background: Herpes zoster occurs due to reactivation of varicella zoster-virus (VZV) that is latent in dorsal root ganglion cells after primary varicella infection. It can occur in any age but is very rare during infancy. Acquisition of this virus in utero or early after birth may result in infantile herpes zoster. Case report: Here, it is aimed to report an infant with herpes zoster whom his mother had developed varicella two years before pregnancy. Conclusion: Despite the rarity of shingles in infants after birth, any infant who has a vesicular lesion in a particular neurological dermatome should be aware of the disease.


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