Chickenpox-Associated Fulminant Hepatitis That Led to Liver Transplantation in a 63-Year-Old Woman


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Abstract

A 63-year-old woman treated with prednisone for sinusitis developed fulminant liver failure due to a clinically unsuspected primary varicella zoster virus infection. The diagnosis of herpetic hepatitis was made from a liver biopsy, and varicella zoster virus viremia was detected by polymerase chain reaction. She was treated successfully with transplantation and perioperative administration of acyclovir.

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