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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0120102678.
Published online 2010 September 17. doi:  10.1136/bcr.01.2010.2678
PMCID: PMC3029245
Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury

Red eye in chickenpox: varicella-related acute anterior uveitis in a child


Varicella-zoster virus is a common viral infection of childhood. This report concerns an 8-year-old girl who presented with a 5-day history of a typical varicella rash. She then developed red left eye ‘conjunctivitis’. She had no discharge, mild pain and intense photophobia. She was referred to the acute eye clinic after 1 day and she was noted to have acute anterior uveitis. She was treated with gutt atropine 1% for 2 weeks until the inflammation resolved. She had no sequalae.

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