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Minerva Pediatrica 1999 November-December;51(11-12):395-8

Copyright © 1999 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Early relapse of herpes simplex encephalitis. Clinical and therapeutic implications

Pavone P., Trobia G. L., Ruggieri M., Greco F., D’Agata A., Musumeci S.


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A case of Herpes simplex virus encephalitis (HSVE) is reported in a 5 years old boy, who relapsed twice during the acute phase of the disease. The second relapse was completely cured by increasing the daily treatment with acyclovir to a dosage of 60 mg/kg intravenously for two weeks and 30 mg/kg by mouth for a further week. The full disappearance of the symptoms and the regression of cerebral lesions could be correlated to a prompt diagnosis and to the dosage of acyclovir employed, higher than that suggested for diseases caused that was by other members of the Herpes virus family.

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