RICHARD H. MERMELSTEIN, M.D.; ABRAHAM W. FREIREICH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Primary varicella pneumonia has only recently been recognized as a serious and occasionally fatal complication of chickenpox in the adult. Waring, Neuberger, and Geever (1) reported the first fatal case in 1942. Since then, less than 100 cases have been reported, although some authors (2, 3) have pointed out that this complication is a more common occurrence than previously had been estimated. The purpose of this report is to add 13 cases to the literature, to emphasize that the incidence of pneumonia in adults with chickenpox is much higher than heretofore appreciated, and to point out the lack of correlation
MERMELSTEIN RH, FREIREICH AW. Varicella Pneumonia. Ann Intern Med. 1961;55:456–463. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-55-3-456
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