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J Midwifery Womens Health. 2019 Mar;64(2):230-235. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12953. Epub 2019 Feb 10.

Herpes Zoster in Pregnancy.

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1
Division of Advanced Nursing Practice Rutgers School of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey.
2
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee.

Abstract

Herpes zoster (shingles) is the reactivation of dormant varicella zoster virus in individuals who previously experienced varicella infection or vaccination. Herpes zoster can occur in pregnancy, although it is rare. This case report describes the clinical presentation and diagnosis of herpes zoster and reviews current recommendations for treatment. Preventative measures and the role of immunization are discussed in addition to clinical implications for intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn care to guide practitioners in caring for women experiencing or exposed to herpes zoster in pregnancy.

KEYWORDS:

herpes zoster; infectious; midwifery; pregnancy complications; shingles; varicella zoster virus

PMID:
30740856
DOI:
10.1111/jmwh.12953

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