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What are the complications associated with chicken pox?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: mild to major

In the pre vaccine era most chicken pox cases were minor, yet it was known to produce 50-100 deaths/yr in the us.
With 10 thousand hospitalizations, a 50 fold increase in invasive strep risk, reyes syndrome, encephalitis, ataxia & other issues. After vaccine use started, the numbers have declined but any child with wild chickenpox disease may experience any of those complications.

In brief: mild to major

In the pre vaccine era most chicken pox cases were minor, yet it was known to produce 50-100 deaths/yr in the us.
With 10 thousand hospitalizations, a 50 fold increase in invasive strep risk, reyes syndrome, encephalitis, ataxia & other issues. After vaccine use started, the numbers have declined but any child with wild chickenpox disease may experience any of those complications.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma

In brief: Varied

Although chicken pox is generally considered more of a nuisance illness by many complications can be quite severe.
Complications of chicken pox include bacterial infection of the skin lesions, pneumonia, encephalitis (brain involvement), glomerulonephritis (kidney involvement), arthritis, hepatitis (liver involvement), and reye syndrome.

In brief: Varied

Although chicken pox is generally considered more of a nuisance illness by many complications can be quite severe.
Complications of chicken pox include bacterial infection of the skin lesions, pneumonia, encephalitis (brain involvement), glomerulonephritis (kidney involvement), arthritis, hepatitis (liver involvement), and reye syndrome.
Dr. Arthur Torre
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