Disseminated herpes zoster

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Disseminated herpes zoster, or disseminated shingles, is a condition caused by an outbreak of the varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes herpes zoster (aka shingles) and chickenpox. Disseminated herpes zoster is defined as more than twenty skin lesions appearing outside either the primarily affected dermatome or dermatomes directly adjacent to it. Besides the skin, other organs, such as the liver or brain, may also be affected (causing hepatitis or encephalitis[1] respectively), making the condition potentially lethal.[2]:380

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  1. ^ Chai W, Ho MG-R. Disseminated varicella zoster virus encephalitis. Lancet Available online 3 July 2014(0).
  2. ^ James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.