Varicella during pregnancy: The timing of effective treatment

Paul Mark Paulman, R. McLellan

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Maternal varicella infections during pregnancy can be either benign or disastrous for the infant according to the timing of infection during gestation. We report a case of varicella occurring at term that was managed successfully. Appropriate management includes tocolysis, unless contraindicated, and varicella-zoster immune globulin (VZIG) administered to the mother within 72 hours of delivery, or to the neonate when the mother's rash appears within 48 hours after delivery. Treatment can markedly decrease the risk of mortality and severe morbidity in the relatively immunocompromised infant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-123
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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