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European Journal of Dermatology


Herpes zoster complicated by unilateral pleural effusion Volume 28, issue 4, July-August 2018


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1 Department of Thyroid Surgery, No.1 Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China
2 Department of Dermatology, The People's Hospital of China Medical University, The People's Hospital of Liaoning Province, Shenyang, China
3 Department of Dermatology, No.1 Hospital of China Medical University and Key Laboratory of Immunodermatology, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, Shenyang, China

Herpes zoster (HZ) is caused by reactivation of latent varicella-zoster virus (VZV) after primary infection. HZ clinically manifests with a painful blistering rash which typically presents unilaterally along a single dermatome [1]. HZ tends to affect elderly or immunocompromised patients, and is favoured by reduced cell-mediated immunity [2]. Complications occur in about 20% of patients with HZ [3]. The occurrence of pleural effusion accompanied by VZV infection is rare and has only been reported [...]