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Journal:   AVICENNA JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE (SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL OF HAMADAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES AND HEALTH SERVICES)   Winter 2002 , Volume 8 , Number 4 (SN 22); Page(s) 29 To 31.
 
Paper: 

THE STUDY OF HERPES ZOSTER IN PATIENTS WHO REFERRED TO THE DERMATOLOGY WARD OF SINA HOSPITAL OF HAMADAN BETWEEN 1994-98

 
 
Author(s):  ZAMANIAN A.*, PILEH VAR M., FARSHCHIAN M.
 
* Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences & Health Services, Hamadan, Iran
 
Abstract: 

Herpes Zoster is rather a common skin disorder. It is the consequence of late reactivation of dormant varicella zoster virus in person who has already suffered from chickenpox. From the clinical point of view it is limited to one dermatome. the aim of this study was the survey of clinical and demographic features of Herpes Zoster patients who referred to the Department of Dermatology of Sina hospital of Hamadan between 1994-1998 .
This is a kind of descriptive retrospective cross-sectional study which the essential information was gathered by referring to the patients file and then the obtained information was analyzed.
From 10486 patients that referred to the hospital, 173 (16%) cases had Herpes Zoster. 54.9% of them were male and the rest were female. The most prevalence group were 60-69 year-old patients (20.2%). The distribution of lesions were more common in thorasic dermatome (41%) and then cervical dermatome (24.3%), lumbosacral (23.7%) and trigeminal (11.6%). 47.4% of the lesions were on the right and 48% were on the left and 4.6% in both side of the body. The highest frequency of the Herpes Zoster was in summer and the lowest one in spring.
This study shows that the frequency of Herpes Zoster is higher among men than women. Also the number of patients in the young age group was considerable compared to the other study which carried out in the developed countries.

 
Keyword(s): HERPES ZOSTER - DIAGNOSIS, HERPES ZOSTER - EPIDEMIOLOGY, HERPES ZOSTER - ETIOLOGY
 
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