Case Report

Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 180, Issue 2, pp 603-604

Monoparesis secondary to herpes zoster

  • S. BilalAffiliated withDepartment of Internal Medicine, Louth County Hospital Email author 
  • , M. IqbalAffiliated withDepartment of Neurology, Mater Misercordiae University Hospital
  • , B. O’MooreAffiliated withDepartment of Neurology, Mater Misercordiae University Hospital
  • , J. AlamAffiliated withDepartment of Internal Medicine, Louth County Hospital
  • , A. SulimanAffiliated withDepartment of Internal Medicine, Louth County Hospital

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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