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September 1983

Cutaneous Sarcoid Granuloma Formation in Herpes Zoster Scars

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, The Ohio State University Hospitals, Columbus.

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(9):788-789. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650330080018

Sarcoid granulomas have been reported to occur in sites of previous folliculitis,1 surgical scars,2 and venipuncture.3 To our knowledge, this is the first time it has been reported to occur in a site of previous herpes zoster.

Report of a Case  A 52-year-old woman was seen for evaluation of a shiny papular zosteriform eruption on the right upper thorax. Five months previously the patient had been seen in the medical clinic of the Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, with the chief complaint of painful and slightly tender blisters with some degree of hyperesthesia on the right upper thorax. Physical examination at that time had disclosed a segmental papulovesicular eruption along the C-5 through T-2 dermatomes. A clinical diagnosis of herpes zoster was made and viral cultures were obtained. Tzanck preparation and/or biopsy material was not obtained. The lesions cleared in approximately three weeks without any therapy. The

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