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J Pediatr. 2002 Feb;140(2):250-1.

Varicella-zoster virus acquired at 4 months of age reactivates at 24 months and causes encephalitis.

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Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florence, Italy.

Abstract

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) reactivation in the brain caused encephalitis in a 2-year-old immunocompetent child who had chickenpox 20 months before. Radiologic findings were consistent with large to medium-vessel-vasculitis. VZV-DNA was detected in cerebrospinal fluid. Early acquisition of VZV may predispose to major neurologic complications that can occur years after the primary infection.

PMID:
11865281
DOI:
10.1067/mpd.2002.121934
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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