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December 1975

Herpes Zoster in Early Pregnancy

Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(12):1658. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630240114020

To the Editor.—  Rosenthal and Morris1 asked for follow-up reports on babies born of mothers who had herpes zoster in early pregnancy.A patient had her last menstrual period on May 7, 1974. On June 26, 1974, she had an eruption that developed into clusters of small vesicles on an erythematous base on the left side of her face including the eyelids, lips, left buccal mucosa, and hard and soft palates. The lesions stopped abruptly at the midline. There were no varicelliform lesions elsewhere. The diagnosis was herpes zoster of the first, second, and third division of the fifth left cranial nerve. On Feb 5,1975, she delivered of a bouncing baby boy who was seen and examined by her gynecologist, her pediatrician, and myself. There was no evidence of any congenital abnormalities. The mother had considerable scarring on the left side of her nose and adjacent cheek.There

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