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Ann Neurol. 1991 May;29(5):569-72.

Fatal varicella-zoster virus meningoradiculitis without skin involvement.

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Department of Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver 80262.

Abstract

A 77-year-old man with T-cell lymphoma developed an acute fatal meningoradiculitis of cranial nerve roots and cauda equina, pathologically and virologically confirmed to be caused by varicella-zoster virus. This is the first report of fatal varicella-zoster virus-induced neurological disease in the absence of skin lesions. Varicella-zoster virus should be included in the differential diagnosis of acute radiculoneuropathy in the immunocompromised patient, particularly because antiviral treatment for varicella-zoster virus exists.

PMID:
1650163
DOI:
10.1002/ana.410290520
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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