What are the risks and complications of disseminated primary varicella (chickenpox) infection?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Anthony J Papadopoulos, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Disseminated primary varicella infection, usually seen in the immunocompromised or adult populations, may have high morbidity. Ninety percent of cases of varicella pneumonia occur in the adult population. Rarer complications of disseminated chickenpox include myocarditis, gangrene, hepatitis, and glomerulonephritis. [10]  Eczema varicellicum (mimicking eczema herpeticum) can occur. [11]


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