How can shingles cause Ogilvie’s syndrome?

Ogilvie’s syndrome can occur when the colon dilates in the absence of any mechanical obstruction in severely ill patients. This is characterized by massive dilation of the cecum (diameter > 10 cm) and right colon on an abdominal X-ray. Gaseous distension on the intestine is also present and seen with an ultrasound. This is a rare and serious complication […]

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Post-Herpes Zoster Sequelae?

  In this study, the researchers used a within-person study design to quantify any short-term increased risk of stroke and myocardial infarction [MI] after herpes zoster and to assess whether the herpes zoster vaccination causes any changes to the hypothesis.     Data Collection The researchers first obtained administrative claims data from older US Medicare beneficiaries, […]

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Thyroid Hormone imbalances correlated to shingles

Herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1), another alpha-herpesvirus, had its gene expression and replication regulated by thyroid hormone (TH) using molecular biology techniques. Due to the homology of HSV-1 and VZV, the researchers theorised that people who have had a history of TH imbalance or dysfunction may have a higher risk of VZV reactivation. The researchers used […]

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Epidemiology of VZV: Week 4 of January, 2016

January 27th: 10 students from Plumb Elementary school in Clearwater, Pinellas County, USA, have been diagnosed with chicken pox.   The Department Of Health(DOH)-Pinellas has encouraged parents to vaccinate their infants and children and will continue to monitor the varicella cluster.   January 29th: The spike in chicken pox cases that require hospitalisation has started […]

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Epidemiology of VZV: Week 3 of January, 2016

January 20th: The situation of the chicken pox outbreak in Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) has deteriorated with the number of confirmed cases exceeding 50, a large increase compared to the 14 inmates being quarantined in December due to chicken pox. The condition of the outbreak was exacerbated due to the overcrowded living conditions of the […]

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Epidemiology of VZV: Week 2 of January, 2016

January 11th: The low temperatures associated with winter and the dense population of India may have contributed to the increased number of chicken pox inpatient and outpatient cases reported at Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases at Chinchpokli, Mumbai. Physicians are surprised by the sudden spike in the number of people affected as in the first 10 […]

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Epidemiology of VZV: Week 1 of January, 2016

January 3rd: The temperature fluctuation of over 20°C in the past few days in Pune, India has caused an increase in the cases of chicken pox, fever, gastroenteritis and typhoid. To paraphrase Avinash Bhondwe, the senior vice-president of Indian Medical Association (IMA) in Maharashtra : ” The fluctuations in temperature – the cold wave followed by […]

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