Turner White CommunicationsAbout TWCSubscribeContact TWCHomeSearch
Hospital PhysicianJCOMSMPBRMsCart
Current Contents
Past Issue Archives
Interactive:
Self-Assessment Questions
Review of
Clinical Signs
Clinical Review
Quiz
Pediatric Rounds
Resident Grand Rounds
Article Archives
Case Reports
Clinical Practice
Exams
Pediatric Rounds
Resident Grand Rounds
Review of
Clinical Signs

Guide to Reading
Hospital Physician
Editorial Board
Information for Authors

Reprints, Permissions, & Copyright
Site Map
Self-Assessment Questions

Internal Medicine


Answer 5
  1. Oral therapy with valacyclovir would be effective in reducing severity and duration of symptoms. Antiviral therapy with oral valacyclovir, acyclovir, or famciclovir is beneficial when given within 48 hours of rash onset. Hospitalization for intravenous acyclovir is typically limited to complications of chickenpox, such as varicella pneumonia or encephalitis, or for immunosuppressed patients with chickenpox. Approximately 0.4% to 2.0% of pregnant women with chickenpox have infants with congenital varicella syndrome (ie, low birthweight, cutaneous scarring, limb hypoplasia, microcephaly, cortical atrophy, chorioretinitis, cataracts, and other abnormalities).

Click here to return to the questions

 

Hospital Physician     JCOM     Seminars in Medical Practice
Hospital Physician Board Review Manuals
About TWC    Subscribe    Contact TWC    Home    Search   Site Map

Copyright © 2009, Turner White Communications
Updated 1/04/08 • kkj