Disseminated herpes zoster
Disseminated herpes zoster (aka disseminated shingles) is an infection caused by the Herpes varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes herpes zoster (aka shingles) and chickenpox. Disseminated herpes zoster is defined as more than twenty skin lesions outside the affected dermatome; but other organs, such as the liver or brain may also be affected (causing hepatitis or encephalitis respectively), and the condition may be life-threatening.:380
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