The importance of early diagnosis of herpes zoster myelitis

Olivia L W Ong, Andrew C Churchyard and Peter W New
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (9): 546-547.

Clinical record

Please login with your free MJA account to view this article in full

  • Olivia L W Ong1
  • Andrew C Churchyard2,3
  • Peter W New1,2,4

  • 1 Spinal Rehabilitation Unit, Caulfield Hospital, Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Monash Medical Centre, Southern Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 4 Epworth-Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

None identified.

  • 1. Antonio V. Severe complications of herpes zoster. Herpes 2007; 14 Suppl 2: 35A-39A.
  • 2. Marra C. Infections associated with myelopathy, radiculopathy and neuropathy. In: Root RK, Waldvogel F, Corey L, Stamm WE, editors. Clinical infectious diseases: a practical approach. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999: 715-722.
  • 3. Transverse Myelitis Consortium Working Group. Proposed diagnostic criteria and nosology of acute transverse myelitis. Neurology 2002; 59: 499-505.
  • 4. Frohman EM, Wingerchuk DM. Transverse myelitis. N Engl J Med 2010; 363: 564-572.
  • 5. Yÿlamz S, Köseolu HK, Yücel E. Transverse myelitis caused by varicella zoster: case reports. Braz J Infect Dis 2007; 11: 179-181.
  • 6. Jubelt B. Viral infections and postviral syndromes. In: Rowland LP, Pedley TA, editors. Merritt’s neurology. 12th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009: 156-185.
  • 7. Hyrai T, Korogi Y, Hamatake S. Case report: varicella virus myelitis — serial MR findings. Br J Radiol 1996; 69: 1187-1190.
  • 8. Devinsky O, Cho ES, Petiko CK. Herpes zoster myelitis. Brain 1991; 114: 1181-1196.
  • 9. Hogan EL, Krigman MR. Herpes zoster myelitis. Evidence for viral invasion of spinal cord. Arch Neurol 1973; 29: 309-313.
  • 10. Outteryck O, Deramecourt V, Bombois S, et al. VZV-related myelitis: a pathophysiological hypothesis. Rev Neurol 2007; 163: 89-92.
  • 11. Anthony LC, Judith B, Dominic ED, David WG. The prevention and management of herpes zoster. Med J Aust 2008; 188: 171-176. <MJA full text>
  • 12. de Silva SM, Mark AS, Gilden DH, et al. Zoster myelitis: improvement with antiviral therapy in two cases. Neurology 1996; 47: 929-9231.


remove_circle_outline Delete Author
add_circle_outline Add Author

Do you have any competing interests to declare? *

I/we agree to assign copyright to the Medical Journal of Australia and agree to the Conditions of publication *
I/we agree to the Terms of use of the Medical Journal of Australia *
Email me when people comment on this article

Responses are now closed for this article.