Acute respiratory distress syndrome due to viral pneumonitis in case of varicella zoster in adult: case report

Anaz Binazeez, Saurabh Kothari, Dhaval Dave, Manish Pendse, Divya Lala, Smita Patil, Archana Bhate


Chickenpox, is a highly contagious disease caused by infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV). The disease is often more severe in adults than children.  Here we present a case of adult male suffering from chicken pox who presented with complication of acute respiratory distress syndrome [ARDS] due to viral pneumonitis. Due to his late presentation, despite of giving antivirals, patient had a fatal outcome. So this case highlights the necessity & importance of early administration of antivirals, especially in adult pox, to tackle the complications of disease and get a favourable outcome.


Varicella Zoster, Adult Pox, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Viral Pneumonitis, Acyclovir

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