Preauricular injection of betamethasone depot and acyclovir for the treatment of acute herpes zoster ophthalmicus.

Archivos de la Sociedad Espanola de Oftalmologia

PubMedID: 25443191

Arenas-Archila E, Alvizu F, Muñoz-Sarmiento D. Preauricular injection of betamethasone depot and acyclovir for the treatment of acute herpes zoster ophthalmicus. Arch Soc Esp Oftalmol. 2014;.
CLINICAL CASES
Several treatments have been described for the management of patients with herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO). However, the progress of these patients is usually slow, and many of them develop postherpetic neuritis (PHN). In the present paper, three clinical cases are presented, in which a significant symptomatic improvement was obtained by using a preauricular injection of a mixture of betamethasone depot combined with acyclovir. PHN did not develop in any of them.

DISCUSSION
The preauricular injection of betamethasone depot and acyclovir could be a good alternative for the management of HZO.