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Table 3 Characteristics of herpes zoster in kidney transplant patients (n = 29)

From: Incidence and risk factors of herpes zoster among adult renal transplant recipients receiving universal antiviral prophylaxis

Characteristics N (%)
Time to onset (months): median (range) 18 (4 - 58)
Age (years): mean ± SD 52 ± 12
Distribution  
 Lumbosacral 6 (20.7)
 Thoracic or abdominal 9 (31)
 Facial 5 (17.2)
 Extremities 4 (13.8)
 Visceral 0 (0)
 Unknown 5 (17.2)
Hospital admission  
 No 26 (89.7)
 Yes 3 (10.3)
Antiviral treatment  
 Valacyclovir 11 (37.9)
 Acyclovir (i.v) 2 (6.9)
 Acyclovir (p.o) 12(41.4)
 Famciclovir 2 (6.9)
 Unknown 2 (6.9)
Pre-transplant VZV disease  
 No 2 (6.9)
 Yes 27 (93.1)
PHN  
 No 15 (51.7)
 Yes 14 (48.3)
  1. SD: standard deviation; VZV: varicella zoster virus; PHN: post- herpetic neuralgia