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Revista Clínica de Medicina de Familia

On-line version ISSN 2386-8201Print version ISSN 1699-695X


MAGALLANES GAMBOA, Jeffrey O. et al. Varicella, palmoplantar involvement and pneumonia. Rev Clin Med Fam [online]. 2019, vol.12, n.2, pp.97-100. ISSN 2386-8201.

Varicella is a childhood disease; it occurs very rarely in adults, usually associated with more severe cases and systemic involvement. It presents as a generalized rash of centripetal spread, pruritic and pleomorphic, occurring in the face and trunk but not in the limbs. Pneumonia is the most frequent extracutaneous complication and the leading cause of hospitalization among this age group. Palmoplantar involvement is uncommon, usually associated with disseminated disease in patients with significant comorbidity or some kind of immunosuppression. We present the case of a 71-year-old patient with disseminated varicella infection, characterized by pneumonia and palmoplantar involvement, and treated with corticosteroids.

Keywords : Chickenpox; Pneumonia; Exanthema.

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