Herpes zoster-associated voiding dysfunction in hematopoietic malignancy patients

Shinichi Imafuku, Masakazu Takahara, Takeshi Uenotsuchi, Koji Iwato, Masutaka Furue

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Background: Voiding dysfunction is a rare but important complication of lumbo-sacral herpes zoster. Although the symptoms are transient, the clinical impact on immunocompromised patients cannot be overlooked. Methods: To clarify the time course of voiding dysfunction in herpes zoster, 13 herpes zoster patients with voiding dysfunction were retrospectively analyzed. Results: Of 13 patients, 12 had background disease, and six of these were hematopoietic malignancies; four of these patients were hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. Ten patients had sacral lesions, two had lumbar, and one had thoracic lesions. Interestingly, patients with severe rash, or with hematopoietic malignancy had later onset of urinary retention than did patients with mild skin symptoms (Mann-Whitney U analysis, P = 0.053) or with other background disease (P = 0.0082). Patients with severe skin rash also had longer durations (P = 0.035). In one case, acute urinary retention occurred as late as 19 days after the onset of skin rash. Conclusions: In immune compromised subjects, attention should be paid to patients with herpes zoster in the lumbo-sacral area for late onset of acute urinary retention even after the resolution of skin symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-39
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Dermatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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