Severe Myelitis due to Chickenpox in an Immunocompetent Patient

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Kongkiat Kulkantrakorn, MD
Panee Sutamnartpong, MD


Transverse myelitis syndrome may arise from a direct infection or an autoimmunephenomenon after viral infection. Varicella zoster virus infection, a treatable disease,may manifest as chickenpox during primary infection or as herpes zoster due toreactivation. Nowadays, most chickenpox cases occur in immunocompromised patientsor unvaccinated persons. Neurological complication with chickenpox is rare andcommonly occurs in children. We report here an unusual case of severe myelitis due tochickenpox in an immunocompetent host.

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Kulkantrakorn K, Sutamnartpong P. Severe Myelitis due to Chickenpox in an Immunocompetent Patient. BKK Med J [Internet]. 2017 Sep. 20 [cited 2024 Apr. 20];13(2):70. Available from:
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