Skill Checkup: A 40-Year-Old Woman With Rheumatoid Arthritis Has Fever, Headache, Photophobia and Painful, Burning Rash

Heidi Moawad, MD


May 08, 2023

Populations with altered cell-mediated immunity, whether influenced by a disease, a drug or both, have a higher risk of developing HZ. Studies have demonstrated that individuals with RA who are receiving anti-TNF-α treatment, like this patient, are at an increased risk for HZ.

Typically, risk for HZ increases with age, with those aged ≥ 50 years at a higher risk. White race and BMI are not known risk factors for HZ.


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