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J Dermatol. 1992 Feb;19(2):94-8.

Significance of monocytosis in varicella and herpes zoster.

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Division of Dermatology, Kashima Rosai Hospital, Ibaraki, Japan.


Percent ratios and absolute numbers of peripheral blood monocytes in patients with varicella and herpes zoster were determined and compared with those in patients with herpes simplex virus infection, measles and rubella. Monocytosis during the acute stage (p less than 0.01) was statistically significant in varicella and generalized and localized herpes zoster, compared with the levels in herpes simplex virus infection, measles and rubella. Absolute monocyte counts in varicella and HZ were significantly increased (p less than 0.02) beyond those of measles and rubella. The high % ratios of monocytes in varicella and herpes zoster during the acute stage decreased to normal ranges with cure.

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