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Revista chilena de neuro-psiquiatría

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Abstract

VIAL U, Felipe; GONZALEZ T-K, Sofía  and  LOPEZ G, Mirta Javiera. Case report of an inmunocompetent patient with reactivation of varicela zoster as meningitis. Rev. chil. neuro-psiquiatr. [online]. 2013, vol.51, n.3, pp.198-200. ISSN 0717-9227.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-92272013000300006.

This is a case report about a 15-year-old boy with no other previous medical history than chicken pox. His symptoms were headache, fever and a rash with vesicles in the dermatome that corresponds to T8. He was diagnosed with meningitis by the varicella-zoster virus. The information in the literature is scarce and shows that reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus as meningitis is rare and generally affects immunodeficient patients; however, there are some case reports similar to this case in which the varicella-zoster virus is the agent involved, so it should also be considered in immunocompetent patients diagnosed with meningitis.

Keywords : Meningitis; varicella-zoster.

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