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A case of acute transverse myelitis following chickenpox

Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2009;52(3):380-384.
Published online March 15, 2009.
A case of acute transverse myelitis following chickenpox
Min Young Kim, Eun Sook Suh
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Seoul, Korea
수두 감염 후 발생한 급성 횡단성 척수염 1예
김민영, 서은숙
순천향대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
Eun Sook Suh, Email: essuh@hosp.sch.ac.kr
Acute transverse myelitis (ATM) in most patients is characterized by an abrupt onset of progressive weakness and sensory disturbance in the lower extremities with a preceding viral infection such as Epstein-Barr, herpes simplex, influenza, mumps and Varicella-zoster viruses (VZV). Although less frequent, some residual deficits including bladder dysfunction or weakness in the lower extremities may follow ATM, from which recovery usually begins within the first week of the onset of symptoms. In this report, we describe the case of a 9-year-old girl who experienced ATM following chickenpox and had bladder dysfunction as a sequela.
Key Words: Myelitis, Transverse, Varicella-zoster, Chickenpox

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