JAMES J. GABLE JR., M.D., F.A.C.P.
Recent reports2-15 of primary chickenpox pneumonia indicate that chickenpox is occasionally a severe and even fatal disease in adults. The chickenpox virus can involve organs and tissues throughout the body, and severe involvement of the lungs results in an appreciable mortality rate.
Waring et al.1 first reported two cases of primary chickenpox pneumonia in 1942, including autopsy findings in one fatal case. They described the pathologic findings and the intranuclear eosinophilic inclusion bodies characteristic of the chickenpox virus. In 1953 Rosecan et al.2 reported a case of chickenpox pneumonia with shock and heart failure. They reviewed the literature and found
GABLE JJ. PRIMARY CHICKENPOX (VARICELLA) PNEUMONIA: REPORT OF TWO CASES SEEN IN THE PRIVATE PRACTICE OF INTERNAL MEDICINE*. Ann Intern Med. 1959;51:583–590. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-51-3-583
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;51(3):583-590.
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