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Muscle Nerve. 2008 Aug;38(2):1070-3. doi: 10.1002/mus.21042.

Unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis and segmental motor paresis following herpes zoster.

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Haydarpasa Numune Training and Research Hospital, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic, Istanbul, Turkey. delta2006@ttmail.com

Abstract

We report the case of a 73-year-old woman who complained of acute onset of pain and weakness of her left shoulder and proximal arm muscles 3 weeks after a diagnosis of herpes zoster. Electromyography revealed involvement of the C5-6 myotomes and the upper trunk of the brachial plexus. Chest X-ray and electromyographic studies documented paralysis of the left diaphragm. One year after onset, muscle strength returned to normal, but radiographic and electrophysiologic findings of diaphragm paralysis were unchanged.

PMID:
18724399
DOI:
10.1002/mus.21042
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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