Incidence of Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus: Results from the Pacific Ocular Inflammation Study

Purpose: To provide a population-based estimate of the incidence of herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO) with comparisons across racial, sex, and age groups, as well as to estimate the frequency of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Design: Retrospective, population-based cohort study. Participants: All patients enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii health plan during the study period (N = 217 061). Methods: All patient encounters between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2007, in the electronic medical record of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii were queried for International Classification of Diseases, 9th edition (ICD-9) codes corresponding (Read more...)

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