Issue: 2017 > October > case report

A rare case of Waterhouse- Friderichsen syndrome during primary Varicella zoster infection

A.F.N. Heitz, H.M.A. Hofstee, L.B.S. Gelinck, J.B. Puylaert
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Primary Varicella zoster virus infection in adults is associated with a higher risk of complications when compared with the benign disease course of primary infection during childhood. We present a rare complication of adult primary Varicella zoster in the form of acute, irreversible adrenal insufficiency due to bilateral adrenal haemorrhage, which is also known as the WaterhouseFriderichsensyndrome.