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Reply: Herpes zoster keratouveitis with hypopyon and hyphema

 Department of Ophthalmology, University Malaya Medical Centre, Jalan Universiti, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date of Submission04-May-2020
Date of Acceptance26-May-2020
Date of Web Publication31-Jul-2020

Correspondence Address:
Katherine Seng Boon Hwei,
Department of Ophthalmology, University Malaya Medical Centre, Jalan Universiti, Kuala Lumpur 50603
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjo.tjo_35_20

How to cite this URL:
Hwei KS. Reply: Herpes zoster keratouveitis with hypopyon and hyphema. Taiwan J Ophthalmol [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2021 Mar 3]. Available from: https://www.e-tjo.org/preprintarticle.asp?id=291238

Dear Editor,

The authors thank Prof. Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi for his interest and knowledgeable comment on our published manuscript entitled “Herpes zoster keratouveitis with hypopyon and hyphema” in the January-March issue of the Taiwan Journal of Ophthalmology. Prof Mahmood had suggested for the two of the herpes zoster ophthalmicus(HZO) cases in our article to be screened for human immunodeficiency virus(HIV) infection. We understand that the concern was raised due to the susceptibility of HIV-infected patients to contract various viral infections including herpes zoster infection. Recommendation for young patients presenting with HZO to be screened for HIV was highlighted by Osahon and Onunu.[1] Our article acknowledged both of the elderly patients as immunocompetent in the discussion and highlighted another similar case reported in a young patient with HIV infection.[2] We regrettably did not specifically include in our article that both of our patients were tested negative for HIV. We hope we clarify the doubt raised in the letter to the editor and we welcome any future feedback.

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Osahon AI, Onunu AN. Ocular disorders in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria. Niger J Clin Pract 2007;10:283-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Biswas J, Samanta TK, Madhavan HN, Kumarasamy N, Solomon S. Acute panuveitis with haemorrhagic hypopyon as a presenting feature of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Indian J Ophthalmol 2000;48:311-2.  Back to cited text no. 2
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