Herpes zoster during pregnancy

Anna Pupco, Pina Bozzo, Gideon Koren

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Question: One of my pregnant patients, a 32-year-old woman (gravida 2, para 1), has a flare up of herpes zoster (HZ) at the T11 to T12 dermatomes. This virus, the varicella-zoster virus, causes chickenpox, which can be teratogenic. Is this also true for HZ? Answer: Herpes zoster, unlike chickenpox, is not associated with increased fetal risk. In contrast, a nonimmune woman exposed to HZ by contact might contract chickenpox.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1133
Number of pages1
JournalCanadian Family Physician
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Family Practice


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