What are atypical cutaneous manifestations of herpes zoster virus (HSV) in HIV disease?

Updated: Mar 26, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Acute disseminated HZV infection and the following atypical manifestations have also been described:

  • Hyperkeratotic papules

  • Folliculitis

  • Verrucous lesions

  • Chronic ulcerations

  • Disseminated ecthymatous lesions

According to Leibovitz et al, chronic VZV infections associated with HIV-1 infection begin as vesicles and progress into necrotic, nonhealing ulcers. [27, 28] Chronic VZV infection may mimic basal cell carcinoma. [26]

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