Association of Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) with a considerable variety of complications has been well documented throughout literature. Primary infection, most often seen in children, is generally characterized by mild symptoms, as opposed to the more severe presentations in adult and immunocompromised populations. Manifestations of disseminated VZV include dermatologic, pulmonary, neurologic, and ocular involvement. Vascular and hematologic complications are also reported and sometimes pose serious health threat. We present an interesting case of disseminated VZV infection, complicated by meningitis, encephalitis, and bilateral pulmonary embolism in an otherwise immunocompetent 52-year-old man with no prior chicken pox exposure.
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Gillispie, Alexandra; Dessie, Sofanit; Aguilar, Rodrigo; Nwanwene, Kemnasom; Bandak, Ghassan; Khalil, Elie; and Khawaja, Imran
"Bilateral Pulmonary Embolism associated with Varicella Zoster Meningoencephalitis in an Immunocompetent Adult: A case report and literature review,"
Marshall Journal of Medicine:
4, Article 8.
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