Diaphragmatic paralysis: a rare consequence of dengue fever
1 Department of medicine (ward 45), the National hospital of Sri Lanka, Regent Street, Colombo 00800, Sri Lanka
2 National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Regent Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka
BMC Infectious Diseases 2012, 12:46 doi:10.1186/1471-2334-12-46Published: 22 February 2012
Dengue is considered one of the most common mosquito borne illnesses in the world. Although its clinical course is usually uneventful, complications have rarely been known to arise. These include neurological manifestations such as neuropathies.
We report a middle aged patient from urban Sri Lanka who developed diaphragmatic paralysis secondary to phrenic neuropathy a month after recovering from dengue fever. He was managed conservatively and made a full recovery subsequently.
Isolated phrenic nerve palsy causing diaphragmatic paralysis should be considered a recognized complication of Dengue fever. A patient usually gains full recovery with conservative management.