MARVIN ROSECAN, M.D.; WALTER BAUMGARTEN JR., M.D.; BENJAMIN H. CHARLES, M.D.
Chickenpox usually runs a benign course, but it has not been generally appreciated that it may be a severe disease, especially in adults. The virus is widely disseminated throughout the body, but only rarely does it produce visceral manifestations such as pneumonia, encephalitis and nephritis. The following case report illustrates a most malignant form of varicella pneumonia, with severe cardiopulmonary complications.
A 36 year old white male was admitted to Barnes Hospital on February 10, 1952. Sixteen days before admission one of his children had developed a typical varicella eruption. Four days before admission the patient developed fever
ROSECAN M, BAUMGARTEN W, CHARLES BH. VARICELLA PNEUMONIA WITH SHOCK AND HEART FAILURE1. Ann Intern Med. ;38:830–845. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-38-4-830
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;38(4):830-845.
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