How is the prognosis of herpes zoster (shingles) affected by presentation?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Variant presentations of zoster (eg, keratitis and myelitis) may carry additional morbidity. Eye involvement (HZO) can cause temporarily or permanently decreased visual acuity or blindness. Complications such as secondary infection and meningeal or visceral involvement can produce further morbidity in the form of infections and scarring.


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