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What is a Dermatome? - Definition & Distribution

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Luke, a 56 year old male, presents to your office for evaluation of a painful rash on his left shoulder and arm. He denies any recent exposure to poison ivy. After examination you suspect shingles.

Luke, a 56 year old male, presents to your office for evaluation of a painful rash on his left shoulder and arm. He denies any recent exposure to poison ivy. After examination you suspect shingles.

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You know that herpes-zoster is a viral illness. The virus lays dormant, then when activated travels down a specific spinal nerve causing a:

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1. Luke's rash is confined to which dermatome category?

2. Which of the following is the BEST definition of a dermatome?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answering these quiz and worksheet questions on dermatome distribution requires you to be familiar with radiculopathy, herpes-zoster, and the category of a rash. You can take this five-question quiz multiple times.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here's what the quiz will cover:

  • What herpes-zoster causes when activated
  • Dermatome category of a rash
  • Best definition of a dermatome
  • Dermatomes that cover skin on the lower back, fronts of the legs and tops and bottoms of the feet
  • Part of the spinal cord where radiculopathy may originate

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about dermatome distribution
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about what herpes-zoster causes when activated and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the best definition of a dermatome

Additional Learning

Explore this topic further by reviewing the related lesson titled What is a Dermatome? - Definition & Distribution. Here's a snapshot of what the lesson covers:

  • Thirty different vertebrae that make up the spine
  • Map of the spinal cord
  • List of dermatomes of the human body
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