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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 95-97

Alopecia following oral acyclovir for the treatment of herpes simplex keratitis

1 Cornea Center, Chandigarh, India
2 Squint Center, Chandigarh, India
3 MMIMSR, Mullana, Ambala, India
4 Cornea Service, University of Maryland, Maryland, MD, USA

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Ashok Sharma
Director, Cornea Center, 833-834, Sector 22A, Chandigarh - 160 022
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.124131

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The authors report acyclovir-induced alopecia in a patient treated for herpetic keratouveitis. A 32-years-old female was diagnosed with herpetic keratouveitis. She was placed on prednisolone acetate (1%) suspension four times a day, atropine sulfate (1%) thrice a day, and oral acyclovir 400 mg twice-daily. Three weeks following oral acylovir, keratouveitis improved, but she developed alopecia without any drug eruptions. Oral acyclovir was discontinued. Three months later, alopecia completely resolved. Alopecia may be considered a possible complication following oral acyclovir.

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