Varicella-zoster virus pneumonia in immunocompetent adults

Jee Youn Oh, Jung Woo Choi, Se Joong Kim, Chol Shin, Je Hyeong Kim

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Varicella, more commonly known as chickenpox, is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is a common benign childhood illness. In adults, Varicella is uncommon but is more severely associated with complications including pneumonia, hepatitis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, encephalitis and myocarditis. A serious and life-threatening complication is the development of varicella-zoster virus pneumonia (VZVP). Although VZVP is well described in immunocompromised hosts, it is rarely seen in immunocompetent adults. The VZVP in healthy adults is more prevalent in cigarette smokers and during pregnancy. However, reports of VZVP in healthy adults are scarce in Korea. The authors report here a case of VZVP in an immunocompetent adult and present a literature review. Copyright

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-295
Number of pages5
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct


  • Adult
  • Chickenpox
  • Herpesvirus 3, human
  • Immunocompetence
  • Pneumonia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases


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