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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 184-186

Herpes zoster manifesting as isolated oral thin leukoplakia in an immunocompetent host

1 Department of Pathology, Sonoscan Healthcare, Malda, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology, North Bengal Dental College and Hospital, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

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c/o Barendra Nath Mondal, Fularhat, P.O. and P.S. Sonarpur, South 24 Parganas - 700 150, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-433X.188810

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Herpes zoster (HZ) has long been considered as a disease of immunocompromised elders. It is usually caused by the revitalized varicella; remaining dormant within the sensory ganglia of sacral dermatomes since an early childhood stint at chickenpox. Trigeminal nerve is rather uncommonly infested. Characteristic zoster lesions appear as unilateral mucocutaneous vesiculobullous rashes, preceded by intense radiating neuralgic pain for few days. This article emphasizes on an immunocompetent man, in his early sixties, presenting with two painful leukoplakic patches over buccal mucosa as the sole manifestation of HZ.

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