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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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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