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Friday, 25 March 2022

Cancer and Oncology Q 92

Which of the following treatment measures should be implemented for a child with leukemia who has been exposed to the chickenpox?
    A. Acyclovir (Zovirax) should be started on exposure
    B. VZIG should be given within 72 hours of exposure
    C. No treatment is indicated
    D. Varicella-zoster immunoglobulin (VZIG) should be given with the evidence of disease

Correct Answer: B. VZIG should be given within 72 hours of exposure

Option B: Varicella is a lethal organism to a child with leukemia. VZIG, given within 72 hours, may favorably alter the course of the disease.

Option A: Acyclovir may be given if the child develops the disease but not if the child has been exposed.
Option C: Chickenpox can cause severe complications in children afflicted with leukemia if left untreated.
Option D: Giving the vaccine at the onset of symptoms wouldn’t likely decrease the severity of the illness.

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