Korean J Pain.  2009 Aug;22(2):181-185. 10.3344/kjp.2009.22.2.181.

Zoster Paresis Misconceived as a Radiculopathy due to Herniated Intervertebral Disc

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea. jsyeo@hmail.knu.ac.kr

Abstract

Herpes zoster is a viral disease of the posterior root ganglion and sensory nerve fiber, which presents clinically with vesicular eruption of the skin, radicular pain and sensory changes in the distribution of the affected ganglion. However, involvement of the motor neurons can be seen as well. If classic cutaneous lesions are present, herpes zoster-related motor paresis is easily diagnosed. Otherwise, the diagnosis may be more difficult and suspicious, especially if weakness occurs as a symptom before cutaneous lesions appear, or abnormal findings on the MRI are consistent with the signs. There have been few reports of sciatica with motor loss preceding skin lesions. Here, we report a patient with herpes zoster-related motor paresis preceding skin lesions. In the preliminary diagnosis, the herpes zoster-related motor paresis was confused for some structural disorder.

Keyword

herpes zoster; paresis

MeSH Terms

Ganglion Cysts
Herpes Zoster
Humans
Intervertebral Disc
Motor Neurons
Nerve Fibers
Paresis
Radiculopathy
Sciatica
Skin
Virus Diseases
Full Text Links
  • KJP
Actions
Cited
CITED
export Copy
Close
Share
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
Similar articles
    DB Error: unknown error