Which findings on chest radiography are characteristic of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) pneumonia?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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In VZV pneumonia, radiographic findings are diffuse, fluffy, reticular or nodular infiltrates that can be rapidly progressive. Pleural effusion and peripheral adenopathy can occur. Radiographic abnormalities are more prominent during the peak of the rash and resolve rapidly with clinical improvement. Long-term respiratory sequelae are infrequent in survivors, although small, diffusely scattered, punctate lung calcifications may persist on chest films


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