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Rev Mal Respir. 2003 Nov;20(5 Pt 1):773-6.

[Severe varicella zoster pneumonia during the course of treatment with azathioprine for Crohn's disease].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Service de Pneumologie, Centre Hospitalier, Lens, France.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Disseminated varicella zoster infection has only rarely been reported in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, despite the frequent use of azathioprine for this disorder.

CASE REPORT:

We report the case of an 18-year-old woman who developed severe varicella zoster pneumonia 9 months after starting azathioprine for Crohn's disease. The patient recovered after prompt treatment with acyclovir and discontinuation of the azathioprine.

CONCLUSIONS:

Strategies concerning the treatment and the prevention of varicella infection in the immunocompromised patient are discussed.

PMID:
14631259
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