R. H. Mermelstein, M.D.; A. W. Freireich, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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This communication reports the largest series to date of patients with varicella pneumonia and is the only large series without a mortality. Thirty-eight patients with chickenpox (adults over 13 years of age) were hospitalized at Meadowbrook Hospital from January, 1953, through July, 1960. Thirteen of them had typical x-ray findings of chickenpox pneumonia. The severity varied from five cases who were asymptomatic to several who were almost moribund.
Four cases are presented in detail, with x-rays and an accompanying table summarizing the salient features of the 13 cases. The clinical features are discussed with regard to course, treatment, prognosis, and
Mermelstein RH, Freireich AW. Varicella Pneumonia.. Ann Intern Med. ;54:1056. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-54-5-1056_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(5):1056.
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