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The occurrence of generalized herpes zoster in association with leukemia was first reported by Fischl in 1914. A review of the literature has disclosed 32 cases of this syndrome. The following tabulation presents the salient features of the individual cases.
Lymphatic leukemia was by far the most common type of leukemia noted, being present in 27 (93 per cent) of the 29 cases in which the type of leukemia was reported. An aleukemic type of lymphatic leukemia was present in 3 (11 per cent) of the 27 cases. A case of probable myeloid leukemia and a case of leukemic lymphadenosis were observed. The type of leukemia was not specified in 3 cases (9 per cent). The average age of the patients reported was 60. Men were affected in 20 cases (71.4 per cent), whereas women were affected in only 8 cases (28.6 per cent).
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WILE UJ, HOLMAN HH. GENERALIZED HERPES ZOSTER ASSOCIATED WITH LEUKEMIA. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(4):587–592. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490160047007
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