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October 9, 1967

Fatal Varicella in a Child With Congenital Heart Disease

Author Affiliations

From the departments of pediatrics and pathology, Cincinnati General Hospital, the Children's Hospital, and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Perrin is now with the departments of pathology, pediatrics, and obstetrics, Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

JAMA. 1967;202(2):147-149. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130150115029

Clinically and pathologically confirmed primary varicella pneumonia and generalized varicella associated with asymptomatic congenital heart disease (coarctation of the aorta, patent ductus arteriosus, and mitral stenosis) occurred in a 4-year-old girl. The patient had not been treated with adrenal cortical hormones or immunosuppressive drugs.