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September 1938


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From the Cook County Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;38(3):436-437. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480150110019

The scarcity of recorded cases of bilateral herpes zoster lends interest to the following case:

REPORT OF CASE  The patient, a man aged 36, a hotel clerk became suddenly ill, with dizziness, fever, vomiting and severe headache, for which he was confined to bed. One week later an eruption appeared in the right supraorbital region, and this was followed in three days by involvement of the left ilioinguinal area. When he entered the Cook County Hospital a few days later, the lesions were typical groups of vesicles on inflamed bases and arranged segmentally, each group stopping at the midline. Throughout the eruptive stage the patient was comfortable; and, as usual in a healthy young man, the disease lasted about two weeks.

COMMENT  Cases in which there is a variation from the usual unilateral arrangement of herpes zoster, particularly the generalized form, are occasionally noted, but not cases in which

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