What are concerns for immunocompromised 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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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, 105]


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