LAWRENCE A. CONE, M.D.; MARK A. SCHIFFMAN, M.D.
CONE LA, SCHIFFMAN MA. Herpes Zoster and the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. 1984;100:462. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-3-462_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(3):462.
To the editor: Gottlieb (1) recently tabulated some infectious complications of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, including limited cutaneous herpes zoster. In the same issue, Rogers and associates (2) report a significantly lower prevalence of varicella zoster virus antibodies in patients with this syndrome, in contrast to higher titers against Epstein-Barr viral capsid antigen, complement-fixing antibody to cytomegalovirus, and a higher frequency of antibody to hepatitis A.
In 1983, we saw four young homosexual men, ranging in age from 28 to 35 years, who developed herpes zoster involving either the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar nerve roots. Infections remained localized to those
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