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September 1979

Postvaricella Suppurative MeningitisCase Reports and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(9):934-935. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130090062011

• Suppurative meningitis should be recognized as being a complication of varicella. The clinician must assiduously exclude suppurative meningitis that at times may be clinically indistinguishable from the typical postinfectious encephalomyelitis of varicella. Misdiagnosis of the cause of CNS alterations during the course of varicella is possible.

(Am J Dis Child 133:934-935, 1979)