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Found 5,973 cases where Vaccine is VARZOS and Serious and Submission Date on/before '2015-09-30'

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VAERS ID: 285491 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 64.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Indiana  
Vaccinated:2007-05-03
Onset:2007-05-03
   Days after vaccination:0
Submitted: 2007-07-20
   Days after onset:78
Entered: 2007-07-23
   Days after submission:3
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARZOS: ZOSTER LIVE (ZOSTAVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. - / UNK UN / UN

Administered by: Other       Purchased by: Other
Symptoms: Blood test, Computerised tomogram, Condition aggravated, Convulsion
SMQs:, Systemic lupus erythematosus (broad), Convulsions (narrow), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Generalised convulsive seizures following immunisation (narrow), Hypoglycaemia (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? Yes
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? Yes, 0 days
   Extended hospital stay? Yes
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: Lipitor, Dilantin
Current Illness:
Preexisting Conditions: Convulsion
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: computed axial 05/03/07; serum phenytoin test 05/03/07 - results not provided
CDC Split Type: WAES0707USA02203

Write-up: Information has been received from a physician concerning a 64 year old female with a history of seizures on 03-MAY-2007 was vaccinated with a dose of Zostavax. Concomitant therapy included DILANTIN and LIPITOR. It was reported that on the night of 03-MAY-2007, the patient experienced a seizure and at 11:05 PM she was taken to hospital. The patient was hospitalized until the next morning. The hospital performed blood level tests on DILANTIN and increased her DILANTIN level before she was released. It was noted that the patient was hospitalized less than 24 hours. CT scan was also performed on the patient. At the time of report the patient had recovered. A product quality complaint was not involved. Additional information has been requested.


VAERS ID: 285901 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 88.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Maryland  
Vaccinated:2007-05-29
Onset:2007-06-06
   Days after vaccination:8
Submitted: 2007-07-13
   Days after onset:37
Entered: 2007-07-25
   Days after submission:12
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARZOS: ZOSTER LIVE (ZOSTAVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 1411F / 1 UN / SC

Administered by: Military       Purchased by: Military
Symptoms: Biopsy bone marrow abnormal, Blood bilirubin, Blood test normal, Ecchymosis, Petechiae, Platelet count decreased, Renal function test normal, Thrombocytopenia, White blood cell count
SMQs:, Haematopoietic cytopenias affecting more than one type of blood cell (broad), Haematopoietic thrombocytopenia (narrow), Haemorrhage terms (excl laboratory terms) (narrow), Systemic lupus erythematosus (broad), Malignancy related therapeutic and diagnostic procedures (narrow), Malignant lymphomas (broad), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (broad)

Life Threatening? Yes
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? Yes
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? Yes, 7 days
   Extended hospital stay? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: Glipizide XL, ca-carbonate, Allegra, mv, Tylenol, guiafenesin, ASA, Vit E, Lantus Insulin, Colace, Lisinopril, Actonel/Risedronate, Tolterodine, Flonase, Simethicone, Milk of Mag, Refresh eye drops, Nifedipine, Metoprolol
Current Illness: Bronchiectasis, NPH c vp Shunt, DM, Peripheral Neuropathy, HLD, GERD, Dementia
Preexisting Conditions: NKDA records received 9/14/07-PMH: bronchiectasis. nph VP shunt. DM. Peripheral neuropathy. GERD demetia.
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: normal lytes and renal fxn, nl wbc and h/h, nl lft, nl tbili/dbili, nl coags, platelets <10,000 (410,000 baseline plt) bone marrow smear: abnormal appearing basophils and leukocytes, tear drop cells, nucleated red cells, no schistocyes, paucity platelets 287.5 Thrombocytopenia temporally associated to receipt of the Zostavax vaccine and to nifedipine records received 9/14/07- Labs: bone marrow smear, abnormal appearing basophils and leukocytes, tear drop cells, nucleated red cells, no schistocytes, paucity platelets.
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Thrombocytopenia, Ecchymosis, Petechiae 9/14/07-records received new onset of thrombocytopenia purpura and petechiae, admitted on 6/12/07. One week after receipt of zostavax vaccine developed purpuric lesions on oral mucosa and tongue. Few days later developed diffuse petechial rash on upper and lower extremities and trunk. Received 5 doses of IVIG. Assessment thrombocytopenia temporally associated to receipt of zostavax vaccine and to nefedipine.


VAERS ID: 285902 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 78.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Arizona  
Vaccinated:2007-01-05
Onset:2007-01-20
   Days after vaccination:15
Submitted: 2007-07-20
   Days after onset:180
Entered: 2007-07-25
   Days after submission:5
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARZOS: ZOSTER LIVE (ZOSTAVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 1405F / 2 LA / SC

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: Other
Symptoms: Burning sensation, Colonoscopy normal, Computerised tomogram abdomen normal, Hepatic cyst, Intervertebral disc protrusion, Musculoskeletal pain, Pain
SMQs:, Rhabdomyolysis/myopathy (broad), Liver neoplasms, benign (incl cysts and polyps) (narrow), Peripheral neuropathy (broad), Tendinopathies and ligament disorders (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? Yes, 6 days
   Extended hospital stay? No
Previous Vaccinations: Swelling in arm-high temp~Tetanus Toxoid (no brand name)~1~26.00~Patient
Other Medications: Topral 25mg, Thyroxin .025mg, Coumadin 3mg, Protonix, fosamax 35mg(weekly); after vacine, NEURONTIN 600mg daily
Current Illness: Case of shingles
Preexisting Conditions: allergic to tetanus and sulpha 8/15/07-records received-HX of migraine headaches. Knee surgery 10/06 had shingles on buttock.
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: 8/15/07-records received-EMG normal. CT of abdomen and pelvis revealed simple hepatic cysts. mobile configuration of cecum probably accounting for somewhat distended bowel loop. A filling defect within cecum, colonoscopy normal. MRI L-spine showed disk bulge in lower lumbar level.
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Stinging, burning pain in lower buttocks. I have had previous outbreaks of shingles. During my last attack, (Jan. 2007), I was taking Acyclovir when I Received a shot of ZOSTAVAX. Reaction was so severe I had to be admitted at a later date under emergency conditions for 7 days. 8/15/07-records received-DC Summary for DOS 5/3-5/9/07-DC DX: Acute ileitis. Chronic low back pain. Atrial fibrillation. On a chronic anticoagulation. Presented with C/O diarrhea for 7 days. Dehydrated with low potassium levels. Low back pain with numbness in bilateral legs upon sitting. Neurology consult 5/15/07-buttock pain and shingle. Patient may have cauda equina syndrome or neuropathy. Neurology consult 8/8/07-Reflexes absent at ankles but equal and symmetric with bilateral down going toes. Gait and station is normal. Impression:postherpetic neuralgia. Follow-up Report: PSN - Pt. has another attack of shingles. PSN - Post syndrome neuropathy.


VAERS ID: 286009 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 77.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Indiana  
Vaccinated:2007-04-01
Onset:2007-06-01
   Days after vaccination:61
Submitted: 2007-07-25
   Days after onset:54
Entered: 2007-07-26
   Days after submission:1
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARZOS: ZOSTER LIVE (ZOSTAVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. - / UNK UN / UN

Administered by: Other       Purchased by: Other
Symptoms: Ankle fracture, Eye pain, Fall, Herpes zoster, Pain
SMQs:, Accidents and injuries (narrow), Glaucoma (broad), Opportunistic infections (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? Yes, ? days
   Extended hospital stay? Yes
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: VICODIN; FOSAMAX; calcium (unspecified); SYNTHROID; TOPROL XL TABLETS; PAXIL; CRESTOR
Current Illness: Osteoporosis; Blood pressure high; Drug hypersensitivity
Preexisting Conditions: Osteoporosis; Blood pressure high; Drug hypersensitivity
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: None
CDC Split Type: WAES0707USA03065

Write-up: Information has been received from a 77 year old female with osteoporosis, high blood pressure and amoxicillin allergy who in April 2007, was vaccinated with a dose of ZOSTAVAX. Concomitant therapy included SYNTHROID, alendronate sodium (MSD), calcium (unspecified), TOPROL XL TABLETS, CRESTOR, PAXIL and VICODIN. IN end of June 2007, the patient experienced fractured ankle and was hospitalized. It was reported that the in end of June 2007 patient was walking down steps and fell resulting in a broken ankle. The patient was currently in a rehabilitation hospital and having daily physical therapy. The patient''s son thought the fall was because she was taking VICODIN. on approximately 27-JUN-2007 the patient developed shingles on her face from her cheekbone into her hair line. The patient stated that the pain was excruciating and her eyeball hurts. No diagnostic laboratory tests were performed. At the time of report the patient was not recovered. A product quality complaint was not involved. Additional information has been requested.


VAERS ID: 286177 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 67.0  
Sex: Male  
Location: California  
Vaccinated:2007-06-12
Onset:2007-07-20
   Days after vaccination:38
Submitted: 2007-07-27
   Days after onset:7
Entered: 2007-07-27
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
HEPA: HEP A (VAQTA) / MERCK & CO. INC. 1278F / 2 LA / IM
VARZOS: ZOSTER LIVE (ZOSTAVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 1476F / 1 RA / SC

Administered by: Unknown       Purchased by: Unknown
Symptoms: Areflexia, Balance disorder, CSF cell count normal, CSF glucose normal, CSF lymphocyte count normal, CSF monocyte count, CSF protein increased, Coordination abnormal, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Hypoaesthesia, Hypokinesia, Muscular weakness, Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging brain normal, Paraesthesia, Red blood cells CSF positive
SMQs:, Rhabdomyolysis/myopathy (broad), Peripheral neuropathy (narrow), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Parkinson-like events (broad), Guillain-Barre syndrome (narrow), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Demyelination (narrow), Conditions associated with central nervous system haemorrhages and cerebrovascular accidents (broad), Vestibular disorders (broad), Hypotonic-hyporesponsive episode (broad), Hypoglycaemia (broad), Immune-mediated/autoimmune disorders (narrow), Sexual dysfunction (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? Yes
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? Yes, 15 days
   Extended hospital stay? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: None
Current Illness: BPH Domestic partner with shingles at time of vaccination.
Preexisting Conditions: No known allergies PMH: BPH, constipation
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: Neuro: motor proximal muscle weakness in Upper and lower extremities 4/5 quads and triceps otherwise 5/5 strenght, sensory intact, gait not tested, negative babinski, Absent deep tendon reflexes. IMAGING STUDIES/ECG: MRI brain from hospital per report, no films. No evidence contusion or hemorrhage,no mass effect Gram St. CEREBROSPINAL FLUID Stains/Preparations NO ORGANISMS SEEN RARE WBCs SEEN CSF Glucose 59 mg/dL CSF Protein 115 mg/dL CSF Appearance CSF Color COLORLESS CSF WBC Count 2 /uL WBC 71 COUNTED 46 LYMPHOCYTES 27 MONOCYTES 2 MACROPHAGE CSF RBC Count 31 /uL CSF Lymphocytes 61% CSF Monocytes 36% CSF Macrophages 3% 7/24/07 LABS: MRI brain (outlying hosp) WNL. WBC 7.6, elevated neutros 77%, low lymphs 16%. Electrolytes WNL. CSF revealed WBC 2, protein 115, glucose 59. EMG inconclusive. MRI of thoracic & cervical spine WNL. 8/2/07 LABS: WBC 5.5, neutros 75%, lymphs 18%. Electrolytes WNL. Fibrinogen low. CXR WNL. Brain MRI repeated 8/8/07 WNL. US of bilat LE WNL. Additional 8/2-8/13 LABS: EMG/NCS 8/7/07 abnormal c/w demyelinating polyneuropathy & showed progression from previous study done 7/24/07.
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: HPI: Pt is a 67 year old male without significant pmhx who presents with c/o numbness/tingling in his legs and arms for the past 4 days. He has also noted weakness in his legs and difficulty going up and down stairs. He also c/o some difficulty with balance. He has almost fallen but not quite. He denies recent f/c/viral/n/v/d. He had a varicella zoster vaccine June 12th 2007. He was seen in the ED yesterday-he had a MRI brain without significant abnormaility. He decided to come here rather than be admitted in another state. He came straight to ED from the airplane. Patient was treated with IVIG 30 gm IV daily for 2 days for suspected Guillen-Barre ataxia. 8/31/07 Reviewed hospital medical records which reveal patient experienced numbness/tingling of legs & arms x 4 days, weakness of legs & difficulty w/stairs & balance. Seen in out of state ER & then returned home to be admitted. Had received vax due to outbreak of shingles in his domestic partner. Patient denied any recent illness. Exam revealed paresthesias of arms/legs w/associated weakness more proximally in quads & triceps. Areflexia. Neuro consult done. LP done. Admitted 7/24-7/27/07. Tx w/IVIG x 2 days & d/c to home w/outpatient PT. Did not do well at home, had multiple falls, back/buttock pain, chest pressure & was readmitted to hospital 8/2/07. Neuro exam revealed mild diffuse facial diparesis & ataxia. Plasmapheresis recommended & dialysis cath placed 8/7/07. FINAL DX: Guillian Barre syndrome, w/relapse. No hospital d/c summary for either admit 11/05/07 Received additional hospital medical records which reveal patient was readmitted to hospital 8/2-8/13/2007 for worsening ataxia, LE weakness, falls x 2 & progressive UE weakness as well as LBP. No d/c summary available but progress notes provided. Neuro consult done & was areflexic throughout w/left ptosis & left facial droop as well. Plasmapheresis X 5 done w/improvement but continued CN deficits & weakness. Transferred to long term rehab. FINAL DX: Buillian Barre syndrome w/relapse.


VAERS ID: 286193 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 71.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Indiana  
Vaccinated:2007-07-09
Onset:2007-07-12
   Days after vaccination:3
Submitted: 2007-07-24
   Days after onset:12
Entered: 2007-07-30
   Days after submission:6
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARZOS: ZOSTER LIVE (ZOSTAVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 0290U / 1 RA / -

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: Private
Symptoms: Arthralgia, Body temperature increased, Cardiac enzymes normal, Chest X-ray normal, Chest pain, Echocardiogram normal, Influenza like illness, Lethargy
SMQs:, Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Gastrointestinal nonspecific symptoms and therapeutic procedures (broad), Cardiomyopathy (broad), Arthritis (broad), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (broad), Hypoglycaemia (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? Yes
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? Yes, 2 days
   Extended hospital stay? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: Celebrex
Current Illness: None
Preexisting Conditions: Acid reflux, Scoliosis PMH: Left shoulder & LBP pain syndrome.
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: Cardiac enzymes, Stress Echo, CXR (All with neg. results) LABS: Cardiac enzymes & EKG were WNL. Stress test WNL. Echocardiogram WNL. H/H 14/43, WBC & chemistry WNL.
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Flu like symptoms, temp elevation 102.0, generalized body aches. Then began having chest pain on 5th day following onset of symptoms. Continues this day with joint pains and lethargy. 8/17/07 Received hospital medical records which reveal patient admitted 7/15-7/16/06 after experienced retrosternal chest pain radiating to left shoulder & generalized body aching x 2 days. FINAL DX: chest pain, possibly due to GERD.


VAERS ID: 286402 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 78.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Arizona  
Vaccinated:2007-07-26
Onset:2007-07-28
   Days after vaccination:2
Submitted: 2007-07-31
   Days after onset:3
Entered: 2007-07-31
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
TD: TD ADSORBED (NO BRAND NAME) / SANOFI PASTEUR U1952DA / UNK LA / IM
VARZOS: ZOSTER LIVE (ZOSTAVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 0618U / 1 RA / SC

Administered by: Unknown       Purchased by: Unknown
Symptoms: Chills, Death, Feeling cold, Pain
SMQs:

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? Yes
   Date died: 2007-07-29
   Days after onset: 1
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications:
Current Illness: none
Preexisting Conditions: hyperlipidemia, mild bronchiectasis, Chronic Kidney Disease III PMH: osteopenia/ostoporosis; hyperlipidemia; minimal change disease nephrotic syndrome w/acute renal dysfunction, resolved (2005); DJD; chronic loose stools; quit smoking 2004; muscle cramps (using quinine & magnesium); mild bronchiectasis; chronic airway obstruction; pulmonary insufficienty; diastolic heart dysfunction via echocardiogram; bilateral hearing loss & wears hearing aids; IBS & lactose intolerance; mild HTN; anxiety secondary to complicated bereavement of spouse (died 2005); anemia.
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: N/A
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: 7/26/07 routine exam, TD & Zostavax immun given, 7/28/2007 reported to family members aches, chills, "can''t get warm", did not contact medical personnel nor feel need to seek emergent care. retrospective report from family member. 7/29/2007found by family member in AM within a few hours after death. 8/3/07 Received pcp medical records which reveal patient seen 7/5 & 7/26 in office for right foot pain, RUQ abdominal pain. X-ray of right foot revealed arthritic changes. US of gallbladder revealed sludge. Labs revealed decreased kidney function c/w chronic kidney disease III. Urine c/s neg. Lipids significantly increased as patient had stopped on her own the statin drug presribed. CXR was WNL w/streaking due to scarring. EKG unchanged from prior tracings revealed right axis deviation & borderline R-wave progression. Last seen by nephrologist 4/06 & was d/c from service due to resolution of condition. Records include vax records which confirm dose & lot #s as reported. 9/11/07 Received Autopsy Report which states COD as hemopericardium w/cardiac tamponade due to acute MI w/cardiac rupture due to arteriosclerotic heart disease. Pathological diagnoses included: I. Arteriosclerotic heart disesae A. Atherosclerosis of coronary arteries w/acute thrombus. B. Acute MI w/cardiac rupture. C. Hemopericardium w/cardiac tamponade. II. Systemic atherosclerosis A. Atherosclerosis of cerebral arteries. B. Atherosclerosis of aorta. III. Nephrosclerosis. IV. Fibroma of ovary. V. Hyperlipidemia by clinical history. VI. IBS by clinical history. VII. Osteoporosis by clinical history.


VAERS ID: 286407 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 79.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Unknown  
Vaccinated:2007-07-10
Onset:2007-07-10
   Days after vaccination:0
Submitted: 2007-07-31
   Days after onset:21
Entered: 2007-08-01
   Days after submission:1
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARZOS: ZOSTER LIVE (ZOSTAVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 0743U / UNK UN / SC

Administered by: Other       Purchased by: Other
Symptoms: Blister, Body temperature increased, CSF white blood cell count increased, Cough, Dysphonia, Fatigue, Herpes zoster, Lumbar puncture, Meningitis, Pneumonia, Polymerase chain reaction, Rash, White blood cell count increased
SMQs:, Severe cutaneous adverse reactions (broad), Anaphylactic reaction (narrow), Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Parkinson-like events (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (narrow), Eosinophilic pneumonia (broad), Hypersensitivity (narrow), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (narrow), Infective pneumonia (narrow), Opportunistic infections (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? Yes, ? days
   Extended hospital stay? Yes
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: [therapy unspecified], diclofenac, Lasix (furosemide)
Current Illness: Sulfonamide allergy
Preexisting Conditions: Meningitis; Chickenpox; Measles
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: Spinal tap 07/17/2007 - elevated white blood cell count; Diagnostic laboratory - VZVT + 40 K not typed; Diagnostic radiology 07/??/07 - diagnostic fluorescent antigen on lesion: negative records received 8/27/07-CT chest: ground glass opacity in posterior right upper lob and smaller foci of ground glass opacities scattered throughout the right lung. CT brain-atrophy and white matter disease without evidence of acute territorial infarction. No hydrocephalus or brain edema. EKG: sinus tachycardia. Mono abs 1.1. CSF glucose 84, protein 123, RBC 1700. SBC 267, color pink. CSF culture no growth. CSF culture AFB no growth. Blood culture no growth.
CDC Split Type: WAES0707USA03606

Write-up: Information has been received from a physician concerning a 79 year old female with an allergy to sulfa and a history of meningitis and chicken pox and measles during childhood who on 10-JUL-2007 was vaccinated with Zostavax vaccine live 0.65ml subcutaneously (Lot # 658081/0743U) in the left arm. Concomitant therapy included LASIX, therapy unspecified and diclofenac. On 10-JUL-2007 the patient developed herpes zoster. The physician reported that on the evening of 11-JUL-2007 the patient began to experience hoarseness, coughing and fatigue. The patient''s maximum reported temperature was 38.6C. The physician also reported the patient developed pneumonia. A herpes zoster rash developed on the right side of her head on 15-JUL-2007. The herpes zoster was diffuse and began at the trigeminal nerve. The physician reported that the patient had 30 vesicles which were distributed on the abdomen, back, cheek, face, ear (external auditory canal). The physician reported a lumbar puncture was done on 17-JUL-2007 and revealed an elevated white cell count. The patient was initially started on FAMVIR but has been switched to acyclovir. The physician confirmed the diagnosis of meningitis. The physician reported that the patient had been discharged from the hospital and was "doing much better." It was reported that a specimen was tested at a lab and was VZV positive, however not typed (+40,000 copies). No recent exposure to chicken pox or herpes zoster was noted. The patient was enrolled in the Varicella Zoster Virus Identification Program to identify if VZV was present and if present to identify if it was associated with the wild-type(WT) VZV strain or with the vaccine VZV strain. The sample of the lesion was collected on 18-JUL-2007. The sample was taken from cerebral spinal fluid. The results were PCR negative. On an unspecified date the patient had a DFA of a lesion which was negative (This was not done through the VZVIP). The physician reported that meningitis, herpes zoster and pneumonia were other important medical events. Additional information has been requested. 8/27/07-records received 07/18-07/24/07-DX: varicella infection. VZV meningitis. Two days after vaccination c/o fatigue, vomiting and right sided facial pain. Prescribed famvir and took 1st dose and developed increasing confusion and fatigue. Chills, cough, non productive, hoarse voice, sore throat, watery eyes, right sided facial pain radiating to right side neck. Clear vesicles on erythematous base found on right neck, right shoulder, left face, back and right abdomen.


VAERS ID: 286834 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 73.0  
Sex: Male  
Location: Unknown  
Vaccinated:2007-07-23
Onset:2007-07-23
   Days after vaccination:0
Submitted: 2007-08-03
   Days after onset:11
Entered: 2007-08-06
   Days after submission:3
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARZOS: ZOSTER LIVE (ZOSTAVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. - / 1 UN / SC

Administered by: Other       Purchased by: Other
Symptoms: Aortic rupture, Death, Myocardial infarction
SMQs:, Haemorrhage terms (excl laboratory terms) (narrow), Myocardial infarction (narrow), Embolic and thrombotic events, arterial (narrow), Accidents and injuries (narrow)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? Yes
   Date died: 2007-07-23
   Days after onset: 0
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? Yes
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: Oxygen; COUMADIN
Current Illness: Cardiac disorder; Oxygen supplementation
Preexisting Conditions:
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: Unknown
CDC Split Type: WAES0707USA04690

Write-up: Information has been received from a consumer concerning his friend, a 73 year old male with a "deteriorating heart" and no known allergies who on 23-JUL-2007 at "about 07:30" was vaccinated once SC with a 0.65 mL dose of Zostavax. Concomitant therapy included COUMADIN and oxygen (started "a few days before this happened"). Two hours after vaccination the patient "died from a heart attack when his aorta ruptured." It was reported that the patient was revived with CPR but when the patient got to the hospital the doctor stated that he had "died instantly." There was no product quality complaint involved. No further information was provided. Additional information has been requested. The reporter considered the patient''s to be serious as other important medical events. The patient''s events were also considered serious for death.


VAERS ID: 287378 (history)  
Form: Version 1.0  
Age: 63.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Arizona  
Vaccinated:2006-12-20
Onset:2007-03-20
   Days after vaccination:90
Submitted: 2007-07-28
   Days after onset:130
Entered: 2007-08-08
   Days after submission:11
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
VARZOS: ZOSTER LIVE (ZOSTAVAX) / MERCK & CO. INC. 1405F / UNK UN / UN

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: Private
Symptoms: Electromyogram abnormal, Facial palsy, Herpes zoster oticus, Neuropathy
SMQs:, Rhabdomyolysis/myopathy (broad), Peripheral neuropathy (narrow), Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Hearing impairment (broad), Opportunistic infections (narrow), Immune-mediated/autoimmune disorders (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: None
Current Illness: None
Preexisting Conditions: None
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: EMG confirms neuropathy
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Patient developed chronic right facial neuropathy from Bell''s Palsy and Ramsay Hunt Syndrome on 3/20/07. 10/22/07-records received for DOS 4/2-10/8/07-seen for right sided facial pain, ear pain, neck spasm, throat irritation and facial droop. Symptoms began on 3/20/07-. Pain lancinating shocks over right side of face and scalp tenderness along with few vesicles around right ear preauricularly. Bells''s Palsy. Visit on 4/3/07-tongue aphthous like ulcer and continues with facial pain. 4/5/07-Geniculate herpes with cluster of lesions in front of right ear. Difficulty keeping eyes shut. Systemic drug reaction due to carbamazepine. Herpes Zoster and facial nerve palsy. Symptoms continue 4/25/07-trigeminal neuralgia. 10/8/07-visit lid lag status post Bell''s palsy with weight and postherpetic neuralgia. Confusion secondary to polypharmacy now improving. Refused influenza vaccine. 1/11/2010 Still has facial weakness and pain. 02/02/2010 Residual eye lid droop, facial droop and pain.


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