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Herpes zoster in the ulnar nerve distribution.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15950335     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Varicella zoster is a ubiquitous virus which usually affects school-aged children as Chicken Pox. While the initial disease is self-limiting and seldom severe, the virus remains in the body. It lies dormant in the dorsal root ganglia and reactivation may occur years later with variable presentations as Herpes Zoster, or Shingles. While Shingles is common, it rarely presents exclusively in the upper extremity. It is important that hand surgeons recognize the possibility of zoster infection, with or without a rash, when evaluating the onset of neuralgia in a dermatomal distribution in the upper limb. Early diagnosis allows rapid and appropriate treatment, with a lower risk of complications. We report on a case of Herpes Zoster isolated to the ulnar nerve distribution in a young woman.
G S Athwal; S A Bartsich; A J Weiland
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of hand surgery (Edinburgh, Scotland)     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0266-7681     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hand Surg Br     Publication Date:  2005 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-27     Completed Date:  2005-11-15     Revised Date:  2009-06-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8403839     Medline TA:  J Hand Surg Br     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  355-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hand and Upper Limb Centre, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Herpes Zoster / diagnosis*
Skin Diseases, Vesiculobullous / virology
Ulnar Nerve / virology*

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