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Factitious dermatosis masquerading as recurrent herpes zoster

  • Stuart M. Levitz
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    Sections of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, Evans Memorial Department of Clinical Research and Department of Medicine, The University Hospital, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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  • Oon T. Tan
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    Sections of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, Evans Memorial Department of Clinical Research and Department of Medicine, The University Hospital, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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      Abstract

      A 35-year-old nurse's aide presented with monthly episodes, during her menses, of self-induced cutaneous lesions intended to simulate recurrent herpes zoster. Features of the clinical presentation that prompted the correct diagnosis are discussed.
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