Fatal varicella-zoster virus meningoradiculitis without skin involvement.

  title={Fatal varicella-zoster virus meningoradiculitis without skin involvement.},
  author={A. N. Dueland and Miranda E Devlin and John R Martin and Ravi Mahalingam and Randall J. Cohrs and Hansjorg Manz and Irene K. Trombley and Donald H. Gilden},
  journal={Annals of neurology},
  volume={29 5},
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… CONTINUE READING