Intest Res.  2012 Oct;10(4):379-382. 10.5217/ir.2012.10.4.379.

A Rare Case of Ogilvie Syndrome Associated with Herpes Zoster

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Cheonan Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea. sunjoo@schmc.ac.kr

Abstract

Acute colonic pseudo-obstruction (Ogilvie syndrome) associated with herpes zoster is extremely rare, and few cases have been reported. An 81-year-old woman diagnosed with herpes zoster was referred for accompanying colonic ileus. The diameter of the cecum was 7 cm and a computed tomographic scan showed no definite obstructive cause. Because the patient showed minimal improvement with conservative treatment, endoscopic colonic decompression was performed successfully. Previous studies revealed that the treatment of Ogilvie syndrome associated with herpes zoster does not differ from that of other conditions, and the role of the varicella-zoster virus in this syndrome is unclear. Here, we present the first case of Ogilvie syndrome associated with herpes zoster in Korea, which was improved by endoscopic colonic decompression.

Keyword

Colonic Pseudo-obstruction; Ogilvie Syndrome; Herpes Zoster

MeSH Terms

Aged, 80 and over
Cecum
Colon
Colonic Pseudo-Obstruction
Decompression
Female
Herpes Zoster
Herpesvirus 3, Human
Humans
Ileus
Korea
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