Maxillary herpes zoster with corneal involvement in a HIV positive pregnant woman

Afr J Reprod Health. 2007 Apr;11(1):133-6.


Corneal involvement in maxillary herpes zoster is very rare. This report presents the case of a 32 years old 7 months pregnant para2+1 female, who presented with vesiculopapular rashes with hyperpigmented crusts over the maxillary area of the face on the left side with periocular oedema, conjunctivitis and mild punctate keratitis in the left eye. She was HIV positive and was on treatment with the highly active antiretroviral therapy. She was treated with topical and systemic acyclovir with rapid resolution of the ocular features.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acyclovir / therapeutic use
  • Adult
  • Antiretroviral Therapy, Highly Active
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use
  • Corneal Diseases / complications*
  • Corneal Diseases / drug therapy
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / complications*
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy
  • Herpes Zoster / complications*
  • Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus / complications
  • Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Maxillary Nerve / virology*
  • Ophthalmic Nerve / virology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious*


  • Antiviral Agents
  • Acyclovir