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Hutchinson's sign 2 (Sir Jonathan Hutchinson)

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Sign that refers to "the tip of the nose" lesion that occurs in some cases of herpes zoster involving the nasociliary nerve. Hutchinson Sign in herpes zoster will at times presage the development of serious ocular involvement.

We thank William Charles Caccamise Sr for information submitted.


  • J. Hutchinson:
    Clinical report on herpes zoster frontalis ophthalmicus. (shingles affecting the forehead and nose).
    Ophthalmic Hospital Reports and Journal of the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital, London, 1864, 3 (72): 865-866; 1865, 5: 191.

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