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Clinical Note
June 2012

Pharyngolaryngeal Zoster: A Case Report

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center (Drs Chen, Lin, and Huang), and Division of Otolaryngology, Taipei Chung-Shan Hospital (Dr Huang), Taipei, Taiwan.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012;138(6):592-595. doi:10.1001/archoto.2012.600

Together with herpes simplex virus (HSV), varicella zoster virus (VZV), also called human herpesvirus 3, is a member of the subfamily of Alphaherpesviridinae. Varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox, which becomes latent in the cranial nerve and dorsal root ganglia and can reactivate many years later to produce shingles. The commonest cause of viral recrudescence is decline in cell-mediated immunity.1