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Chickenpox in pregnancy

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Dr Janine Simpson, Dr Simone Vella
Foundation Years Journal, volume 8, issue 7, p.20 (123Doc Education, London, July 2014)


We discuss a case relating to the development of primary varicella zoster infection, known as Chickenpox during pregnancy. This is an uncommon scenario within the United Kingdom Caucasian population, but one where incidence is increasing due to migrating populations. This case highlights the importance of a sound understanding of primary varicella zoster syndrome during reproductive age for clinicians especially those in General Practice, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Occupational Health. Knowledge includes prevention methods, diagnosis and subsequent management, which play a role in preventing the attributed significant morbidity and mortality attributed to it. This article will focus on these issues and provide a resource to clinicians.

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Dr Janine Simpson

ST1 Community Sexual & Reproductive Health
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Princess Royal Maternity Hospital
Alexandria Parade, Glasgow, G31 2ER

Dr Simone Vella

Obstetrics & Gynaecology Consultant
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Princess Royal Maternity Hospital
Alexandria Parade, Glasgow, G31 2ER


1. Image courtesy of Dr Simone Vella.
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