Successful management of varicella pneumonia complicating pregnancy. A report of three cases

E. J. Landsberger, W. D. Hager, J. H. Grossman

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Although varicella is a common infection in the United States, pregnant women are infrequently infected. Varicella pneumonia is an even rarer though potentially fatal complication during pregnancy. Fulminant respiratory collapse often ensues and is associated with greater than 40% mortality. We successfully treated three patients for varicella pneumonia in pregnancy. Critical points of management include prompt diagnosis of the disease and recognition of the complications, rapid transfer to a facility capable of providing intensive care (including ventilatory support) and early initiation of aggressive antiviral chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-314
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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