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Rash with Atypical Pneumonia: Varicella Pneumonia in a Young Immunocompetent Male

Saqib Hyder Shah, Syed Mudasir Qadri, Ajaz Nabi Koul, Farhana Siraj Bagdadi, Suhail Mantoo, Arif Rehman Sheikh, Zubair Ahmad Najar, Sajad Ahmad Bhat

Keywords : Acyclovir, atypical pneumonia, chickenpox, herpes zoster, varicella pneumonia

Citation Information : Shah SH, Qadri SM, Koul AN, Bagdadi FS, Mantoo S, Sheikh AR, Najar ZA, Bhat SA. Rash with Atypical Pneumonia: Varicella Pneumonia in a Young Immunocompetent Male. Indian J Respir Care 2022; 11 (3):274-276.

DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_70_22

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; Indian Journal of Respiratory Care.


Varicella pneumonia is a serious complication of varicella infection. It occurs more often in adults than in children, although it is now infrequently seen since the introduction of the chickenpox vaccines. In immunocompetent adults, varicella pneumonia has a reported incidence of about 1 in 400 cases of varicella infection and it also carries significant mortality. Here, we report a case of varicella pneumonia in a young male who was immunocompetent and had no comorbidities. This case teaches us to be always careful and thorough with our clinical assessment and to think about the alternative etiologies for the cause of atypical pneumonia even during the times of the COVID-19 pandemic and not get swayed by the sheer numbers of coronavirus infections.

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