What are concerns for immunocompromised patients with herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Feb 11, 2021
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Individuals with altered cell-mediated immunity, due either to an immunosuppressive condition (eg, HIV infection or cancer) or to a treatment (eg, extended corticosteroid use), are at increased risk. Furthermore, presentations in the immunocompromised population can be complicated by disseminated disease and visceral organ involvement. [1, 104]  Unsurprisingly, the risk of developing multiple myeloma, leukemia, and lymphoma is increased in patients with herpes zoster. [105]

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