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Oct 2012

Retinal Necrosis Following Varicella-Zoster Vaccination

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: F. I. Proctor Foundation (Drs Gonzales, Acharya, and Margolis) and Department of Ophthalmology (Drs Levison and Stewart), University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;130(10):1355-1356. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2012.2255

We read with interest the recent article by Charkoudian et al1 describing 2 cases of acute retinal necrosis following vaccination with Zostavax and wish to share our own experience of zoster retinitis following vaccination with Varivax (varicella virus vaccine, live; Merck & Co, Inc). Our case is unique, however, in that we identified the vaccine strain of the virus (Oka) in the vitreous of the involved eye.

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