Acute urinary retention as a complication of primary varicella-zoster infection of childhood – a second reported case

David M Favara, Maurice Levy


We present the case of an 8 year old male child with acute urinary retention and constipation following primary varicella-zoster infection (chicken pox). To our knowledge, this unusual complication has only been reported once before in the modern English-language medical literature. Our patient’s presentation is congruent with the hypothesis that towards the end of primary varicella-zoster infection, virus infecting a specific ganglion (prior to becoming latent) may cause transient neurological effects.

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David M Favara, East London Hospital Complex, East London, Eastern Cape

Maurice Levy, East London Hospital Complex, East London, Eastern Cape

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primary varicella-zoster infection; chicken pox; urinary retention

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South African Medical Journal 2012;102(4):196.

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Date submitted: 2012-01-22
Date published: 2012-03-14

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