Herpes zoster keratouveitis and inflammatory ocular hypertension 8 years after varicella vaccination

Phoebe Lin, Michael K. Yoon, Cynthia S. Chiu

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More than 8 years after varicella vaccination, a healthy 16 year-old boy presented with keratouveitis, severe inflammatory glaucoma in his left eye, and Hutchinson's sign. He was treated with systemic acyclovir, topical steroids, cycloplegics, and glaucoma medications for a full recovery two months after presentation. It is unclear whether the source of herpes zoster which reactivated in this patient represents wild type virus or his previous vaccine strain. Herpes zoster ophthalmicus is very rare in the pediatric population after varicella vaccination but can cause severe inflammatory glaucoma that requires aggressive therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-35
Number of pages3
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Inflammatory glaucoma
  • Pediatric
  • Uveitis
  • Vaccination
  • Varicella
  • Zoster

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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