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• Acute Retinal Necrosis (ARN) can have extremely devastating effects on the vision of both healthy and immunocompromised individuals. Many times the exact pathogen of ARN can remain a mystery due to its silent and sometimes sudden onset along with the loss of vision prior to vitreal biopsy. One of the known pathogens is the Herpes Zoster Virus (HZV).
• When Herpes Zoster Virus attack the retina, there are very devastating effects due to ARN including long term complications and blindness. A review of literature looked at the retrospective studies related to the incidence and prevalence of ARN caused by HZV. With an incidence of 1 case per 1.6 – 2.0 million population per year (Papageorgiou, Ch'ng, Kulkarni, Anwar, & Empeslidis, 2014), Acute Retinal Necrosis (ARN) can have extremely devastating effects on the vision of both healthy and immunocompromised individuals. A correlation of ARN and HZV might explain the complications and treatments related to herpes zoster of the retina. The results show how multiple healthcare providers can quickly identify and seek specialized treatment to preserve the patient’s eye site. These results indicate that there are more detrimental eye related conditions that are associated with herpes zoster virus than previously thought and how seeking coordinated specialized treatment can minimize the long term complications.
Physician Assistant Studies
Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
Robert Scott Witherspoon
Retinal Necrosis Syndrome, Acute -- diagnosis; Retinal Necrosis Syndrome, Acute -- therapy; Treatment Outcome; Comparative Study
Davis, Kevin, "Acute Retinal Necrosis: Early Diagnosis is Key to Outcome" (2016). Physician Assistant Scholarly Project Posters. 70.