Successful pregnancy outcome after complicated varicella pneumonia

Obstet Gynecol. 1998 Oct;92(4 Pt 2):680-2. doi: 10.1016/s0029-7844(98)00237-3.


Background: Maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality associated with varicella pneumonia in the peripartum period are increased further with multiple complications.

Case: The patient had varicella pneumonitis acquired at 32 weeks' gestation and complicated by bacterial superinfection, adult respiratory distress syndrome, endotoxin shock, and bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia.

Conclusion: Aggressive, timely management of respiratory failure, control of infection, correction of endotoxin shock, treatment of biopsy-proven bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia, and obstetric intervention for fetal compromise produced a good outcome for mother and infant.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chickenpox / complications
  • Chickenpox / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pneumonia, Viral / complications
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / therapy*
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Remission Induction