Motor Lesions in Herpes Zoster
Incidence and Special FeaturesWeiss S. · Streifler M. · Weiser H.J.
Departments of Physical Medicine and Rheumatology and Department of Neurology, Tel-Aviv Municipal-Governmental Medical Center, and Tel-Aviv University Medical School and School of Continuing Medical Education, Tel-Aviv
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In the review of 117 patients hospitalized for herpes zoster (HZ) during the 10-year-period of 1960–1969, six patients with motor paralysis of the limbs were found. The incidence of motor paralysis in HZ which ranges in the literature between 0.5 and 31°/o, was 18% in our series. Reasons for these differences are discussed. An uncommon feature, local recurrence of HZ with motor deficit pertaining to the same segments is reported, and joint subluxation, a rare complication of motor HZ, is also described. The importance of looking for diaphragmatic paralysis and motor deficit in the thoracoabdominal segments, not readily revealed in routine examination, is stressed.
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