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VisualDx's Medical Images Help Identify Atypical Zoster

macular_zoster_29858.jpgChase P., a dermatology resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham tells us how he uses VisualDx's images to identify and treat atypical presentations of shingles.

"Zoster manifests in very weird ways, not just as erythematous vesicles. Often the symptomology is helpful because it's the only clue its zoster. Several of the photos I've seen on Vdx have helped me to identify atypical zoster. Most recently a patient in clinic who's VZV PCR came back positive. She had erythematous round macule with thin scale, no vesicles, but these were VERY painful."

Macular zoster pictured here is not patient in this case. See more pictures of zoster in VisualDx.

About VisualDx

VisualDx is an award-winning diagnostic clinical decision support system that has become the standard electronic resource at more than half of U.S. medical schools and more than 1,500 hospitals and institutions nationwide.  VisualDx combines clinical search with the world's best medical image library, plus medical knowledge from experts to help with diagnosis, treatment, self-education, and patient communication. Expanding to provide diagnostic decision support across General Medicine, the new VisualDx brings increased speed and accuracy to the art of diagnosis. Learn more at