C. A. THOMPSON, M.D.; F. P. CANTRELL, M.D.
The benign viral diseases of childhood occasionally appear in adult life with serious and even fatal consequences. Severe widespread pneumonitis is one of the rare complications of varicella. The pulmonary inflammatory disease is thought to be a direct result of invasion by the chickenpox virus.
Until 1956 only 15 cases of chickenpox pneumonia had been reported in the literature.1-15 Since that time 36 additional cases have been described, bringing the total number to 51.16-22 Treatment of these patients has consisted mainly of general supportive measures, along with various antibiotics. Two case reports describe the use of cortisone and hydrocortisone in
THOMPSON CA, CANTRELL FP. CHICKENPOX PNEUMONIA TREATED WITH PREDNISOLONE: A CASE REPORT1. Ann Intern Med. ;49:1239–1246. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-49-5-1239
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;49(5):1239-1246.
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