Acyclovir in chickenpox

Academic Article


  • To the Editor: In recent years there has been a steady increase in the study of antiviral agents for the treatment of common viral infections. Dunkle et al. (Nov. 28 issue)1 reported on a study involving the use of acyclovir in the treatment of the primary varicella–zoster infection, chickenpox. In their well-designed study, they clearly showed that the normal children treated with acyclovir had a reduction in the duration and severity of disease. They further concluded that “since acyclovir treatment interferes with neither the pre-eruption pathophysiology of primary varicella–zoster virus infection nor the subsequent immune response, treatment of chickenpox is. © 1992, Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.
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    Author List

  • Clover RD; Ford RF; Perkins M; Arvin AM; Balfour HH; Whitley RJ; Dunkle LM; Rotbart HA; Feder HM; Feldman S
  • Start Page

  • 1224
  • End Page

  • 1226
  • Volume

  • 326
  • Issue

  • 18