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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 2007;24(2):339-343.
DOI:    Published online December 31, 2007.
A Case of Varicella Pneumonia Associated with Chickenpox in Immunocompetent Patient.
Won Jong Park, Sung Ken Yu, Kyeong Cheol Shin, Jin Hong Chung, Kwan Ho Lee
Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea.
Varicella is a contagious infection in childhood disease typically affecting children aged 2-8 years and usually follows benign outcome. In the adult, clinical presentation is more severe and more commonly associated with complications. Varicella pneumonia, although rare, is a potentially life-threatening complication that should be suspected in any adult with varicella and respiratory symptoms. We report a case of varicella pneumonia in immunocompetent patient. The characteristic radiographic findings consisted of diffuse scattered coarse nodular infiltrations, less than 1cm sized, with ground glass opacity and consolidation in both lung fields. The patients was started on intravenous acyclovir. The chest radiograph performed 2 weeks later showed complete resolution of the pulmonary lesions.
Key Words: Varicella, Varicella pneumonia, Immunocompetent


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