Imiquimod triggering varicella zoster reactivation in an immunocompetent patient


  • Thomas Jonathan Stewart Department of Dermatology, Research fellow, Southern Suburbs Dermatology, Sydney, Australia
  • Andrea Tomizawa Department of Dermatology, Southern Suburbs Dermatology, Sydney, Australia
  • Robert Rosen Department of Dermatology, Dermatologic surgeon and Managing Director, Southern Suburbs Dermatology Conjoint senior lecturer, University of New South Wales, Australia



Drug reaction, Imiqumod, Varicella zoster reactivation


Imiquimod is widely used for the treatment of superficial basal cell carcinoma as well as several other dermatologic conditions. While its local immunostimulatory action is well proven, its potential for systemic immunomodulation has been less well described. We report the first case (to our knowledge) of varicella zoster reactivation caused by Imiquimod in an immunocompetent patient. 


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How to Cite

Stewart, T. J., Tomizawa, A., & Rosen, R. (2017). Imiquimod triggering varicella zoster reactivation in an immunocompetent patient. International Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 6(4), 990–992.



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