Disseminated varicella infection in a child receiving short-term steroids for asthma

Pediatr Dermatol. Jul-Aug 2008;25(4):484-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2008.00720.x.


An 8-year-old boy, treated with a short course of steroids for asthma, developed a fever with abdominal pain and a generalized vesicular rash after contact with varicella-infected classmates. The clinical presentation was disseminated varicella infection with multiple organ involvement. We confirmed varicella zoster virus using a direct fluorescent antibody test. This report demonstrates the increased risk of complicated varicella associated with the use of corticosteroids, even for a short period of time.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / adverse effects*
  • Asthma / drug therapy*
  • Chickenpox / transmission*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Hydrocortisone / adverse effects
  • Male
  • Prednisolone / adverse effects


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Prednisolone
  • Hydrocortisone