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Chronic zoster-form: a rare variant of cutaneous leishmaniasis

Ayatollahi, Jamshida; Bafghi, Ali F.b; Shahcheraghi, Seyed H.a

Reviews in Medical Microbiology: July 2015 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 114–115
doi: 10.1097/MRM.0000000000000031

Cutaneous leishmaniasis may present with unusual clinical variants such as erysipeloid, sporotrichoid, whitlow, paronychia and impetigo form. The chronic zoster-form variant has rarely been reported. We report a male patient with zoster-form cutaneous leishmaniasis on the back of his neck in Yazd province in central Iran. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of chronic zoster-form cutaneous leishmaniasis from our city, and the second case in Iran. Once diagnosed, it responded well to conventional treatment.

aInfectious and Tropical Diseases Research Center

bDepartment of Medical Parasitology & Mycology, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.

Correspondence to Seyed H. Shahcheraghi, Infectious and Tropical Diseases Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran. Tel: +98 913 2531389; e-mail:

Received 11 November, 2014

Revised 30 November, 2014

Accepted 30 November, 2014

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