Anesth Pain Med.  2018 Apr;13(2):197-200. 10.17085/apm.2018.13.2.197.

Abdominal muscle paresis due to herpes zoster with hiatal hernia: A case report

  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, Korea.


Herpes zoster is an infectious disease of the dorsal root ganglion and sensory nerve fibers. Motor nerve involvement is a rare complication. Hiatal hernia occurs when the stomach protrudes into the thoracic cavity through the esophageal hiatus of the diaphragm. Herein, we present the case of a 78-year-old man with abdominal wall muscle paresis caused by herpes zoster, which resulted in a hiatal hernia.


Abdominal muscles; Herpes zoster; Hiatal hernia; Paresis

MeSH Terms

Abdominal Muscles*
Abdominal Wall
Communicable Diseases
Ganglia, Spinal
Hernia, Hiatal*
Herpes Zoster*
Nerve Fibers
Thoracic Cavity


  • Fig. 1 Bulging appearance of the left flank.

  • Fig. 2 (A) Coronal and (B) axial enhanced abdominal computed tomography showing a mild sliding type hiatal gastric hernia (arrows).


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