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Motor Involvement in Herpes Zoster.

John J. Massarelli, M.D. (Associate)
Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(5):1175. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-68-5-1175_2
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Records of 60 hospitalized patients with herpes zoster were reviewed to study the clinical features of motor involvement. Three cases of upper extremity paralysis and one of the lower extremity were found. In addition, a rare case (eight others have been reported) of diaphragmatic paralysis associated with cervical zoster was presented.

Motor involvement is not unusual in herpes zoster. It becomes manifest a few days to a few weeks after the eruption appears. Symptoms and signs depend on the level attacked. Diplopia, facial palsy, hoarseness, dyspnea, weakness of an extremity, abdominal pseudohernia, and urinary urgency or retention have all been


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