Disseminated varicella is an uncommon complication of ulcerative colitis, despite the frequent use of steroid therapy in this disorder. Fatal varicella infection occurred in a patient with ulcerative colitis who was receiving steroid therapy. This observation suggests that zoster-immunoglobulin should be administered to patients exposed to varicella with ulcerative colitis who are receiving steroid therapy.
(JAMA 239:45-46, 1978)
Keene JK, Lowe DK, Grosfeld JL, Fitzgerald JF, Gonzales-Crussi F. Disseminated Varicella Complicating Ulcerative Colitis. JAMA. 1978;239(1):45–46. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280280045025