What are possible clinical variations of herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Feb 11, 2021
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Note that zoster may present in multiple dermatomes and possibly bilaterally (ie, zoster multiplex). The frequency of multiple, disseminated, and visceral zoster is increased in the immunocompromised population. Occasionally, patients experience paresthesias and pain in a dermatomal distribution without a rash (ie, zoster sine herpete).

Many clinical variations are possible. The following is a summary of the more important variations.

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