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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 268-270

A rare neurological sequelae of chicken pox in an adult

1 Associate Professor, Department of General Medicine, Indira Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Puducherry-605 009, India
2 Medical Officer, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur-610005, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Government Villupuram Medical College, Villupuram-605601, India

Correspondence Address:
Prem Davis
Medical Officer, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur-610005
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2221-6189.248032

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Chicken pox is a disease of childhood caused by varicella zoster virus belonging to the α-herpesvirus-3 family. But the clinical presentation in adults is uncommon and is usually associated with complications. The complications are more commonly seen in immunocompromised individuals and in people who get infected at the later age group. Since the varicella zoster virus rarely causes cerebellar disease in adults, hence here we report a non-immunized, immune-competent adult patient presented to the emergency department with unsteadiness in gait, profuse sweating, exanthematous vesicular rash. We made a diagnosis of acute cerebellar ataxia due to varicella zoster virus and treated accordingly.

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