Chickenpox physical examination

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1];Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Aravind Reddy Kothagadi M.B.B.S[2]

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Overview

The diagnosis of varicella is primarily clinical. Skin lesions on physical examination include pruritic macules on the back, chest, face, abdomen and extremities. Skin lesions progress to papules and heal by crusting. The other common skin lesions include papules, vesicles, pustules and crusts.

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Skin

Skin lesions on physical examination include:

HEENT

Lungs

Normal breath sounds are heard.

Abdomen

The abdomen will not be tender and there is no organomegaly.

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  • Meningitis
  • Meningoencephalitis
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References

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