A case of herpes zoster duplex bilateralis, a diagnostic clue of human immunodeficiency virus infection

Dong Jin Ryu, Jin Young Jung, Soohyun Lee, JuHee Lee

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Abstract

The skin lesion of herpes zoster is typically limited to a single dermatome. The clinical appearance of herpes zoster in immunocompromised patients is usually identical to typical zoster, but lesions may be more severe and there can be multidermatomal involvement. The appearance of herpes zoster occurring in two non-contiguous dermatomes has been referred to as zoster duplex unilateralis or bilateralis. Herpes zoster duplex bilateralis is a rare manifestation of herpes zoster and almost all reported cases have in immunocompromised patients with hematologic cancer, patients taking immunosuppressant drugs for chronic illnesses and patients receiving chemotherapy for solid cancers. We report a case of herpes zoster duplex bilateralis, which was a diagnostic clue of human immunodeficiency virus infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-341
Number of pages3
JournalKorean Journal of Dermatology
Volume48
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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