Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Zoster Evaluation

The evaluation of Herpes zoster begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with Herpes zoster may include:

The diagnosis of herpes zoster can be made without testing.

Tests that may be used to evaluate Herpes zoster include:
  • Chest x-ray
  • Slit lamp eye examination:
    • To exclude infection of the eye
  • Viral cultures to identify the Herpes virus

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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