Scientific article

Varicella arthritis in childhood: a case report and review of the literature

Published inThe Pediatric infectious disease journal, vol. 30, no. 11, p. 980-982
Publication date2011

Nonbacterial arthritis is a rare but well-recognized complication of acute varicella in children. Reported cases usually described monoarthritis of the knee that occurs at the onset of the rash or shortly after. Herein, we describe a case of arthritis of the hip that occurred in a 4-year-old girl 6 days before the onset of rash. The presence of varicella-zoster virus DNA in synovial fluid was confirmed by real-time polymerase chain reaction. A review of the literature reported 26 previous cases of aseptic arthritis due to varicella infection among children.

  • Arthritis, Infectious/complications/diagnosis/virology
  • Chickenpox/complications/diagnosis/virology
  • Child, Preschool
  • DNA, Viral/analysis
  • Exanthema/complications/virology
  • Female
  • France
  • Herpesvirus 3, Human/physiology
  • Hip/pathology/virology
  • Humans
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Synovial Fluid/chemistry/virology
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
BEVILACQUA, Sibylle et al. Varicella arthritis in childhood: a case report and review of the literature. In: The Pediatric infectious disease journal, 2011, vol. 30, n° 11, p. 980–982. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e318223c0d8
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