Ogilvie's Syndrome Associated with Herpes Zoster Infection


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Abstract

Acute colonic pseudo-obstruction that occurs in the setting of an underlying medical condition is known as Ogilvie's syndrome. The etiology of Ogilvie's syndrome is unknown, and associated medical illnesses are varied and often extra-abdominal. While herpes zoster infection has been reported to cause constipation and hypomotility, the association with massive colonic distention has not so far been described. We present a patient with Ogilvie's syndrome in the setting of herpes zoster infection. There was no evidence of other active illnesses, and the patient has continued to do well since the resolution of the zoster. We believe that this is the first reported association of Ogilvie's syndrome and herpes zoster infection.

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