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Postherpetic pseudohernia: delayed onset of paresis of abdominal muscles due to herpes zoster causing an ipsilateral abdominal bulge
  1. Shunsuke Ohno1,
  2. Yasuhiro Togawa2,
  3. Tsuyoshi Chiku2,
  4. Wataru Sano2
  1. 1Kamitsuga Sogo Byoin, Kanuma, Japan
  2. 2Department of Surgery, Kamitsuga Sogo Byoin, Kanuma, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shunsuke Ohno, eco_eco_balus{at}


Postherpetic pseudohernia causes an abdominal bulge as well as an abdominal wall herniation. This disease is one of the neurological complications of herpes zoster and essentially consists of paresis of ipsilateral abdominal muscles. Postherpetic pseudohernia may be mistaken for abdominal wall herniation because it is not well known. We describe two cases presenting an abdominal bulge. The ipsilateral abdominal bulge appeared after recovery from abdominal zoster. Abdominal CT showed no evidence of a herniation or mass. We diagnosed a postherpetic pseudohernia. One of the patients recovered spontaneously 4 months after the onset, and the other partially recovered after 2 months. This disease can be expected to disappear spontaneously, unlike abdominal herniation requiring surgery. It has been reported that 79.3% of patients eventually recovered spontaneously. For surgeons and general practitioners, it is beneficial to keep this disease in mind when examining a patient presenting an abdominal bulge.

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