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May 1971

Local Recurrence of Generalized Herpes Zoster Following X-Irradiation

Author Affiliations


From the departments of dermatology and medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Beth Israel Hospital, Boston. Dr. Guss is now with the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(5):513-514. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000170047012

In a patient with chronic lymphatic leukemia and disseminated herpes zoster, an exacerbation of herpetic vesicles developed on the skin corresponding to a portal of irradiation, despite clearing of other lesions. A similar case has not been previously reported. Attention is called to the possible morbidity of radiation therapy in such a patient.