E. A. HILDRETH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The discussion, in this issue, of pneumonia complicating varicella presents one of the largest series of these cases yet reported. Many clinicians have suspected that pneumonia is a common complication of varicella but since the findings in clinical examinations of the lungs have been few and minor, more accurate definition of the lung lesions by X-ray examination has rarely been sought. Substantiation of the pneumonia by careful roentgenologic study in a large series of patients has long been needed.
However, the most significant contribution of this report lies in the observation that although none of the patients received corticosteroids, all
HILDRETH EA. Corticosteroids and Varicella Pneumonia; or Skepticism, the Chastity of the Intellect. Ann Intern Med. 1961;55:531–532. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-55-3-531
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