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Varicella pneumonia in adults. A review of pulmonary manifestations, risk factors and treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1488571     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pneumonia is a rare but serious and occasionally fatal complication of varicella. Two cases of varicella pneumonia were successfully treated with acyclovir in our department. We reviewed the pulmonary manifestations of varicella, the risk factors and the effect of acyclovir on varicella pneumonia on immunocompetent adults. Early, aggressive therapy with acyclovir seems to abort the catastrophic consequences of varicella pneumonia, while oral acyclovir chemoprophylaxis is probably beneficial in high-risk populations with chickenpox.
C A Gogos; H P Bassaris; A G Vagenakis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiration; international review of thoracic diseases     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0025-7931     ISO Abbreviation:  Respiration     Publication Date:  1992  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-02-24     Completed Date:  1993-02-24     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0137356     Medline TA:  Respiration     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  339-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Patras University Medical School, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Acyclovir / administration & dosage
Chickenpox / complications*,  diagnosis,  drug therapy,  epidemiology
Drug Therapy, Combination
Middle Aged
Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis,  drug therapy,  epidemiology,  etiology*
Risk Factors
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Comment In:
Respiration. 1993;60(4):254-5   [PMID:  8265885 ]

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