Though unilateral herpes zoster is a common disorder, examples of it constituting from 1 to 2 per cent of all cases observed in the average dermatologic practice1 the bilateral form is rarely seen. A review of the literature revealed reports of only forty-six instances of bilateral zoster. Fox2 mentioned having observed two additional cases. Several patients have been presented before various dermatologic societies in this country with this diagnosis, but in all instances, with the exception of the one presented by Weiss,3 the majority of members in discussing these presentations classified the lesions as herpes simplex.
It was surprising to note that in all the articles reviewed in preparing this report the authors merely briefly presented their cases without discussing the phenomenon at any length. We had the opportunity to observe a patient in whom bilateral zoster developed while he was in the hospital for
EPSTEIN E, JACOBSON HP. BILATERAL HERPES ZOSTER COMPLICATING CUTANEOUS, OSSEOUS AND PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1936;34(6):989–996. doi:10.1001/archderm.1936.01470180056006
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