Multidermatomal Shingles Occurrence Post-therapeutic Dry Needling (TDN) in a Saudi Woman

Cureus. 2022 May 24;14(5):e25309. doi: 10.7759/cureus.25309. eCollection 2022 May.


This is a case report of the occurrence of shingles (herpes zoster) in a multidermatomal distribution following therapeutic dry needling. The patient developed acute reactivation of varicella-zoster virus two days after the third session of dry needling for the relief of long-standing pain in the hip and sacroiliac joints. The lesions initially presented with severe pain along lumbar dermatomes with later rash development. The patient was treated with oral valacyclovir 1,000 mg three times daily for seven days, and the pain was controlled with ibuprofen. The lesions resolved two weeks later without any complications or sequelae.

Keywords: dry needling; shingles; therapeutic; varicella; zoster.

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