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January 2, 1978

Disseminated Varicella Complicating Ulcerative Colitis

Author Affiliations

From the Divisions of Pediatric Surgery (Drs Grosfeld, Lowe and Keene), Pediatric Gastroenterology (Dr Fitzgerald), and Pediatric Pathology (Dr Gonzales-Crussi), Indiana University School of Medicine, and the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis.

JAMA. 1978;239(1):45-46. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280280045025

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)