Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 180, Issue 2, pp 603–604

Monoparesis secondary to herpes zoster

Authors

    • Department of Internal MedicineLouth County Hospital
  • M. Iqbal
    • Department of NeurologyMater Misercordiae University Hospital
  • B. O’Moore
    • Department of NeurologyMater Misercordiae University Hospital
  • J. Alam
    • Department of Internal MedicineLouth County Hospital
  • A. Suliman
    • Department of Internal MedicineLouth County Hospital
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s11845-009-0397-2

Cite this article as:
Bilal, S., Iqbal, M., O’Moore, B. et al. Ir J Med Sci (2011) 180: 603. doi:10.1007/s11845-009-0397-2

Abstract

We describe a 90-year-old woman with right upper limb monoparesis secondary to varicella zoster virus infection as a result of extensive inflammatory involvement of the entire brachial plexus at root level. To our knowledge, this is the first report of entire brachial plexus involvement in a living patient of such advanced age. Despite a delay in presentation and thus initiation of treatment, a favourable clinical response was observed.

Keywords

Herpes zoster Monoparesis EMG Acyclovir Steroids

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