|Description:||The pathologic changes seen on the surface of the right unilateral side of this elderly male patient’s tongue and chin, represent a herpes outbreak due to the Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) pathogen, which may lay dormant in the spinal nerve roots through a chickenpox infected individual’s life, only manifesting its presence through outbreaks, as Shingles, or herpes zoster. It is caused by the Herpesviridae chickenpox virus.|
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a disease that causes a painful skin rash. In addition, shingles can lead to severe pain that can last for months or even years, a condition known as post-herpetic neuralgia. Shingles can lead to other serious complications as well, including eye problems (when shingles affects the eye) and, more rarely, pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, and brain inflammation (encephalitis). In rare cases, shingles can also lead to death.