Incidental Finding of Varicella Zoster Pneumonia on Chest X Ray

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A 43yo female presented to the hospital with productive cough, back and chest pain, and shortness of breath. Past medical history was significant only for chronic bronchitis. COVID negative. Chest X-Ray revealed numerous high density calcified pulmonary nodules indicative of longstanding chronic Varicella Zoster Pneumonia. She was treated with bronchodilators and steroids, which were minimally effective. Her symptoms resolved within 48 hours of admission with supportive care, and she was discharged on Flonase. This case discussion will focus on unusual causes of upper respiratory infection and discuss the pathogenesis of varicella zoster pneumonia.


American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, October 8-12, 2021.