Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 54-56

Humerus fracture in the setting of primary pustular adult varicella infection in a young female

Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India

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Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu
Department of Orthopaedics, Room # 25, New Resident Hostel, Medical Campus, Government Medical College, Haldwani - 263 139, Uttarakhand
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DOI: 10.4103/2319-2585.145602

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Varicella or chickenpox is an infection caused by Varicella -Zoster virus, which is transmitted mainly by respiratory secretions through aerosol route. It is common in children but less so in adulthood, however, with more severe clinical course in the later. The disease is characterized by characteristic widespread exanthematous skin lesions that are chiefly vesicular but may turn into pustular form in certain cases. Vesicles and pustules not only pose a problem in surgical management of fractures but also increase risk of secondary infections in peri-operative period. We report a case posing management challenges of humerus fracture owing to the presence of concomitant pustular varicella infection.

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