What is the risk of fatality in patients with herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Although it is rarely, if ever, fatal in itself, it may be considered a contributing factor to death in some individuals who are severely debilitated. Westenend and Hoppenbrouwers reported fatal hemorrhagic encephalitis in an otherwise healthy female. [64] The condition has numerous potential nonfatal complications, as follows.


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