Korean J Dermatol.  2002 Sep;40(9):1157-1160.

A Case of Motor Paralysis Caused by Herpes Zoster

  • 1Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University Seoul, Korea. twj0123@dreamwiz.com


Motor loss caused by herpes zoster is less well known but occurs in a significant number of cases, probably far more frequent than is recognized because the weakness is readily obscured by pain. The incidence of herpetic motor involvement was reported to be between 0.5% and 31%. A 65-year-old male patient with herpes zoster on the right lower limb had complained with progressive weakness of the limb, during treatment. We examined the limb using electromyographic(EMG) and motor nerve conduction velocity(MNCV) studies. Thereafter we concluded he had motor paralysis caused by herpes zoster. The weakness progressed to the complete motor loss of the right limb. Presenty, he still suffers from the paralysis of the right limb.


Herpes zoster; Motor paralysis
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