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Etymology: Gk, zoster, girdle, ophthalmos, eye
a herpes infection of the eye and the first division of the trigeminal nerve. The infection frequently involves the cornea. There may be lid edema, ciliary and conjunctival involvement, and pain. Keratitis may be severe. Scarring and glaucoma are common sequelae.
zoster ophthalmicusAn older term for herpes zoster affecting the ophthalmic nerve.
zoster(zos'ter) [Gr. zoster, girdle] Herpes zoster.
Herpes zoster of the ear.
zoster ophthalmicusSee: herpes zoster ophthalmicus.
zoster sine herpete
Cutaneous pain of dermatomal distribution, suggestive of herpes zoster but without the typical rash of shingles. That the pain is caused by a reactivation of herpes zoster may be confirmed by antibody titer or polymerase chain reaction tests.