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CHICKENPOX & ARDS
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CHICKENPOX & ARDS

My patient of Chiockenpox developed ARDS. I have put hi, on IV Acyclovir for 3 days followed by Oral Acyclovir for 10 days, His skin signs have subsided but ARDS has not yet resolved. How long should Acyclovir be given. How long will ARDS take to resolve.
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Varicella pneumonia is a most serious complication, especially in the immunocompromised host.  Depending on how long the acyclovir has been given, you might wish to replace any anticipated usage of oral acyclovir with IV acyclovir.

Unfortunately, there is no good way to predict how long the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) will take to resolve and resolution may slowed, if the Varicella pneumonia has not resolved.  Treatment of the ARDS should be continued until there is clear evidence of resolution on x-ray.
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