Lung infection (pneumonia)
caused by the
chickenpox virus is an uncommon complication of
chickenpox. It develops when the chickenpox virus travels to the lungs.
Varicella pneumonia can occur 2 to 10 days after the chickenpox rash.
Fever and cough are usually the first signs. Most people recover from varicella pneumonia.
But the symptoms may last for weeks or months.
When it occurs,
varicella pneumonia tends to affect:
CitationsLaRussa PS, Marin M (2011). Varicella-zoster virus infections. In RM Kliegman et al., eds., Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th ed., chap. 250, pp. 1104–1110. Philadelphia: Saunders.
October 13, 2011
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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