Pyogenic arthritis complicating varicella infection

Kevin L. Glass, Thomas A. Dillard, Gregory J. Dennis, Michael J. Dacey, Terrence X. Dwyer

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Arthritis has not previously been reported as a complication in adult patients with chickenpox. In pediatric patients, the arthritis that complicates chickenpox is most commonly aseptic but does rarely result from bacterial infection. We report the case of a 21-year-old man who developed acute monoarticular septic arthritis due to Lancefield Group A β-hemolytic streptococci. Despite the more common viral cause of arthritis in pediatric patients, physicians should not attribute arthritis associated with varicella in adults to a viral cause without diagnostic arthrocentesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)857-859
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1994
Externally publishedYes

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