Association of Varicella Zoster Dermatitis with acute Retinal Necrosis Syndrome

David J. Browning, Mark S. Blumenkranz, William W. Culbertson, John D. Clarkson, Yvon Tardif, Alain Gourdeau, John Minturn

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The authors report seven patients in whom the acute retinal necrosis (ARN) syndrome developed shortly after cutaneous varicella zoster infection. The length of time between the skin infection and ARN varied from 5 days to 3 months. Both eyes were affected in one of seven cases. The ophthalmic branch of cranial nerve V ipsilateral to an affected eye was involved by the zoster dermatitis in only two of the seven cases. The association lends further support to the proposal that herpes zoster virus is a major cause of ARN. A history of recent zoster dermatitis should be sought in patients with ARN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)602-606
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987


  • acute retinal necrosis syndrome
  • herpes zoster
  • varicella zoster

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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