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June 15, 1970

Varicella Arthritis

Author Affiliations

From the Arthritis Division, Department of Medicine, University of Utah College of Medicine, Salt Lake City.

JAMA. 1970;212(11):1954-1956. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170240156023

Typical chicken pox presented with arthritis in the left knee in a 5-year-old girl. Attempts to isolate bacteria, Mycoplasma, and viruses were unsuccessful. The arthritis subsided promptly and long term follow-up has failed to yield evidence of other disease. Varicella virus infection may be the cause of the arthritis.