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Association between statin use and herpes zoster: systematic review and meta-analysis.

The use of statin medications may elevate the risk of contracting herpes zoster infection.

​The purpose of this meta-analysis was to review data and evidence from previously published studies that examined whether the use of statins is associated with increased risk of contracting herpes zoster infection. Data from 6 studies covering more than 2 million subjects were included in this meta-analysis. 

Researchers found out that regular users of statin drugs were highly vulnerable to acquiring herpes zoster infection. This meta-analysis highlights the role statins play in increasing an individual's susceptibility to herpes zoster infection.

Research Summary Information

  • 2019
  • Fan L, Wang Y, Liu X, Guan X.
  • Department of Urology, The Second Affiliated Hospital and Yuying Children's Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China. Department of Rehabilitation, The Second Affiliated Hospital and Yuying Children's Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China. Department of Cardiology, The Second Affiliated Hospital and Yuying Children's Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China.
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