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Research Article

Varicella Pneumonia in an Immunocompetent Adult: A Case Report

Fatma Medhioub Kaaniche*, Anis Chaari, Rania Ammar, Mabrouk Bahloul and Mounir Bouaziz

Intensive care department, CHU Habib Bourguiba, Road El Ain

*Corresponding Author:
Kaaniche FM
Intensive care department, CHU Habib Bourguiba
Road El Ain Km 0.5, postal code 3029, Tunisia
Email: [email protected]

Received Date: April 22, 2015 Accepted Date: May 23, 2015 Published Date: May 25, 2015

Citation: Chaari A, Ammar R, Bahloul M, Bouaziz M (2015) Varicella Pneumonia in an Immunocompetent Adult: A Case Report. J Clin Diagn Res 3:116. doi:2376-0311.1000116

Copyright: © 2015 Kaaniche FM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The clinical presentation of varicella in adults is frequently associated with complications, particularly varicella pneumonia. Most cases occur in immunocompromised adults but immunocompetent can have serious pulmonary compromise. We report the case of an immunocompetent patient admitted to the intensive care unit with dyspnea and an exanthematous vesicular rash. We diagnosed varicella pneumonia based on the presence of a typical skin rash, pulmonary symptoms and contact with a child with chickenpox, confirmed by positive serology of varicellazoster virus (VZV). The patient made a full recovery with mechanical ventilation and anti-viral therapy.