Obstructive Nephropathy Associated With Disseminated Herpes Zoster in a Patient With a Kidney Transplant

Luis Sanchez-Russo, Emily Baneman, Samira Farouk

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Abstract

Varicella–zoster virus is a double-stranded, DNA herpesvirus responsible for causing both chickenpox (varicella) during a primary infection, and shingles (herpes zoster) on reactivation of the virus that remains dormant in neurons of dorsal root ganglia. Bladder dysfunction is a rare complication of shingles that may lead to devastating complications if not recognized. We describe the case of a 48-year-old woman with a kidney transplant who presented with skin lesions consistent with herpes zoster and also was found to have acute kidney injury in the setting of acute urinary retention and likely zoster-associated bladder dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere230707
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine Clinical Cases
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2024

Keywords

  • Bladder
  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Emergency department
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Hospital medicine
  • Lesions
  • Renal transplantation
  • Shingles
  • skin
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Varicella zoster virus

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