Revista chilena de infectología
versión impresa ISSN 0716-1018
TORRES T, Juan P; CONCHA V, Emma; LOPEZ G, Juan P y COFRE G, José. Acute retinal necrosis in an acute leukemia pediatric patient. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2007, vol.24, n.4, pp. 323-326. ISSN 0716-1018. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-10182007000400012.
Acute retinal necrosis (ARN) is a serious condition that can impair vision. It mostly occurs in adult patients, especially those severely immunocompromised, in association with a reactivation of a herpes virus infection. We present a 4 years old patient with high risk acute leukemia, whom during a course of intense chemotherapy acquired chickenpox with visceral involvement that affected the retina, causing unilateral blindness. Varicella-zoster virus was detected by PCR in the vitreous humor, in spite of previous acyclovir treatment. The contralateral vision remained undamaged
Palabras llave : acute retinal necrosis; varicella- zoster; pediatrics.