Varicella Pneumonia: Case Report and Review of a Potentially Lethal Complication of a Common Disease

  title={Varicella Pneumonia: Case Report and Review of a Potentially Lethal Complication of a Common Disease},
  author={J. Denny and Zoe M. Rocke and Valerie A McRae and C. H. Fratzola and Sajjad Ibrar and Joyce Bonitz and J. Tse and Shaul Cohen and S. Mellender and Geza Kiss},
  journal={Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports},
Varicella zoster virus causes varicella (chickenpox). It can be reactivated endogenously many years later to cause herpes zoster (shingles). Although varicella is usually a benign disease in healthy children, it resulted in over 11 000 hospitalizations and over 100 deaths every year, in all ages, in the United States. Morbidity was considerably worse in older teenagers and adults. Between 5% and 15% of cases of adult chickenpox will produce some form of pulmonary illness. Progression to… Expand
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