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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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MIRANDA-CHOQUE, Edwin et al. Complicated chickenpox in a national pediatric Peruvian hospital, 2001-2011. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2013, vol.30, n.1, pp.45-48. ISSN 1726-4634.

The objective of the study was to describe the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of complicated chickenpox cases seen at the National Institute of Children’s Health (INSN, Spanish acronym) of Peru from 2001 to 2011. A case series was collected, including a total of 1,073 children with complicated chickenpox. The median age was 2.5 years (IQR 1.1-4.8 years), of which 578 (54%) were male. The most frequent complications were secondary skin and soft tissue infections with 768 cases (72%). 13 deaths (1.4%) were recorded. In conclusion, the hospitalizations due to complicated chickenpox in the INSN included mostly children under five, with a short stay and a low proportion of deaths most complications being related to secondary skin and soft tissue infections

Keywords : Epidemiology; Chickenpox; Hospitalization; Pediatrics.

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