What are the signs and symptoms of zoster multiplex?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Wayne E Anderson, DO, FAHS, FAAN; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Zoster multiplex

  • Shingles may appear in multiple dermatomes, both contiguous and noncontiguous, on either side of the body

  • Immunocompromised individuals are more susceptible

  • Terminology depends on the number of involved dermatomes and on whether the condition is unilateral or bilateral (eg, zoster duplex unilateralis refers to the involvement of 2 unilateral dermatomes)

  • Cases of zoster simultaneously occurring in 7 noncontiguous dermatomes have been reported

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