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Congenital varicella syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Fetal effects of Chickenpox
  • Fetal effects of varicella zoster virus
  • Fetal varicella infection
  • Fetal varicella zoster syndrome
  • Varicella Embryopathy
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Overview

Congenital varicella syndrome is an extremely rare disorder in which affected infants have distinctive abnormalities at birth  due to the mother's infection with chickenpox (maternal varicella zoster) early during pregnancy (i.e., up to 20 weeks gestation). Affected newborns may have a low birth weight and characteristic abnormalities of the skin, brain, eyes, the arms, legs, hands, and/or feet, and/or, in rare cases, other areas of the body. The range and severity of associated symptoms and physical findings may vary greatly from case to case depending upon when maternal varicella zoster infection occurred during fetal development.[1]
Last updated: 8/1/2011

References

  1. Congenital Varicella Syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2005; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/1099/viewAbstract. Accessed 8/1/2011.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Fetal effects of Chickenpox
  • Fetal effects of varicella zoster virus
  • Fetal varicella infection
  • Fetal varicella zoster syndrome
  • Varicella Embryopathy
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.