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