Bilateral herpes zoster is extremely rare, fewer than 50 cases having been reported. Epstein and Jacobson1 in 1936 thoroughly reviewed the literature, finding 46 cases, and reported 2 cases of their own. Rattner2 recently reported an additional case and stated that there are in the American literature references to only 20 cases of bilateral herpes zoster.
REPORT OF A CASE
V. P., an unmarried white railroad employee aged 24, was seen on April 14, 1938. He complained of a painful eruption on the dorsum of the neck of two days' duration. Two days before the eruption appeared he became suddenly ill with malaise and fever, his temperature reaching 104 F. The next day there was local burning pain over the dorsum of the neck. The physician who examined him could find nothing to account for the localized pain, the fever or the generalized aching. About twenty-four hours after
Ambler JV. BILATERAL HERPES ZOSTER. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;39(4):706–708. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01480220091011
Coronavirus Resource Center
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: