The rarity of published accounts of nephritis complicating or following an attack of varicella indicates either that the associated conditions are infrequently encountered or that such cases are not reported by those observing them. It is well known that varicella is, in the majority of instances, a mild disease and free from serious dangers but occasionally the disease may be unusually severe or a complication or complications may lead to unfortunate results. When such complications are encountered it seems well to publish the account of the cases that others may profit.
Among the rare complications of varicella is nephritis. Henoch1 first called the attention of the profession to this complication of the disease and published the accounts of four cases studied by him. Von Jurgensen,2 Brunner,3 Rille,4 Dillon Brown,5 Hogyes,6 Janssen7 and Oppenheim8 have reported similar cases. I have had the opportunity of studying two cases which exhibited well-marked nephritis
BEARDSLEY EJG. VARICELLA AS A CAUSE OF NEPHRITIS: REPORT OF TWO CASES. JAMA. 1910;LIV(22):1784–1785. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550480001001n
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