Which physical findings suggest vesicular involvement in herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Vesicular involvement has been reported in bronchi, pleural spaces, and the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Zoster pneumonia also has been reported. Such involvement frequently is found in individuals with significantly compromised immune systems. Pain in these areas, like pain on the cutaneous surface, may be referred and does not necessarily indicate the presence of vesicles.


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