When is ICU admission indicated for the treatment of pediatric chickenpox?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Children who develop severe and life-threatening varicella complications may require hospitalization in an intensive care unit (ICU). The following findings are indications for admission to the ICU:

  • Altered consciousness

  • Seizures

  • Difficulty walking

  • Respiratory distress

  • Cyanosis

  • Low oxygen saturation

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