Varicella Pneumonia in an Elderly Patient

Authors

  • Isidro Lumanpauw
  • Usman Hadi

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i4.16918

Keywords:

Varicella pneumonia, ARDS, septic shock, elderly, Indonesia

Abstract

Varicella pneumonia is a common complication in adults, while it is a mild and self-limiting disease in
children. Elderly patients may have severe manifestations compared to adults due to the weakening of
their immune system in clearing the virus. Treatment with intravenous acyclovir and varicella-zoster
immunoglobulin (VZIG) offers a good prognosis, while the use of steroids is still debated. Despite standard
management, our case presents a fatality in an older woman with varicella pneumonia.

Author Biographies

Isidro Lumanpauw

Resident, Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Airlangga University – Dr. Soetomo Academic General
Hospital, Surabaya, Indonesia.

Usman Hadi

Lecturer, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Airlangga University – Dr. Soetomo Academic General Hospital, Surabaya, Indonesia

Published

2021-08-16

How to Cite

Isidro Lumanpauw, & Usman Hadi. (2021). Varicella Pneumonia in an Elderly Patient. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(4), 1487-1491. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i4.16918