Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Summer 8-2017

Document Type

Project

Course Number

N5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr. John Chovan

Keywords

herpes zoster, shingles, zostavax, post-herpetic neuralgia, varicella zoster virus

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing

Abstract

Herpes zoster, otherwise known as shingles, is a prevalent condition in the United States, as close to 95% of the population are seropositive for the varicella zoster virus (VZV). The primary VZV infection is commonly known as chickenpox and typically occurs in childhood. After the initial VZV infection resolves, the VZV virus lies dormant in the affected individual’s dorsal ganglia until it is reactivated and manifests as shingles. The pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, complications, treatment, vaccination and nursing implications related to herpes zoster are thoroughly examined further.

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Nursing Commons

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