The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2009 , Vol 51 , Num 1
Postherpetic pruritus in a child with retinoblastoma
1Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Pediatric Oncology, Institute of Oncology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Akgül S, Küpeli S, Yalçın B, Demir HA, Büyükpamukçu M. Postherpetic pruritus in a child with retinoblastoma. Turk J Pediatr 2009; 51: 86-88.

Herpes zoster is a painful neurocutaneous disease caused by the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, and it can develop any time after a primary infection, which usually occurs during childhood. A variety of immunocompromised patient populations are known to be at increased risk for herpes zoster. Postherpetic pruritus is a serious complication, which may last after the infection, and has the potential to cause injury and disability. The medical literature on postherpetic pruritus is very limited. This is a case report of a six-year-old child who developed postherpetic pruritus lasting three months, which responded to topical urea treatment. Keywords : postherpetic pruritus, retinoblastoma, topical urea

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