Is chickenpox (varicella) benign?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Anthony J Papadopoulos, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Chickenpox is largely a childhood disease, with more than 90% of cases occurring in children younger than 10 years. The disease is benign in the healthy child, and increased morbidity occurs in adults and immunocompromised patients. (See Epidemiology and Prognosis.) An outbreak of varicella was noted in a group of lymphoma patients treated with rituximab and was related to exposure to a patient with zoster. [1]


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