Symptoms And Symptoms Of Varicella Pneumonia

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Patient: 64, Male Final Diagnosis: Varicella Pneumonia Symptoms: Increased shortness of breath, cough, dyspnea, tachypnea Medication: Acyclovir Clinical Procedure: Chest X-Ray Specialty: Objective: Uncommon Disease Background: Varicella Pneumonia remains to this day an uncommon and rare complication among both adults and children. (1) Yet, ironically, it accounts for the majority and mortality among adults diagnosed with Varicella. In general, Varicella Pneumonia tends to appear once in 400 cases of patients with Varicella (2) and has the mortality rate of 10-30% and can increase to 50% to patients with respiratory failure. Patients usually complain of severe hypoxemia and increased shortness of breath. Generally, the illness is treated…show more content…
On examination, the patient exemplified diminished breathing sounds along with mild scattered cracks.Diagnosis of Varicella pneumonia was made on the basis of the rash, pulmonary symptoms, and the contact with a patient with chickenpox. Additionally, chest x-ray (16.3%) showed interstitial and/or nodular infiltrates which indicates the presence of pneumonia. Varicella Pneumonia is known to occur in approximately 1/400 cases with adults with chickenpox. Likewise, the risk factors of Varicella Pneumonia is smoking which provides substantial evidence in order to form the diagnosis. The patient had then undergone seven days of intravenous acyclovir associated with Varicella. The treatment was successful which might hint that if the patient were to be given early RX, then it may modify the natural course of this complication. Conclusions: In retrospect, Varicella Pneumonia still remains to be a dangerous complication that still kills thousands, however, if accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment were to be made, then patients would have a greater chance to overcome the illness. Yet, survival still depends on the recognized risk factors. Keywords: Pneumonia, Varicella, Chickenpox, Intravenous Acyclovir Background Information: Varicella Pneumonia remains to this day an uncommon and rare complication among both adults and children. (1) Yet, ironically, it accounts for the majority and mortality among adults diagnosed with Varicella. In general,
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