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Vol. 4, No. 3, 2012
Issue release date: September – December
Section title: Published: September 2012

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Case Rep Dermatol 2012;4:192–196

Chronic Ulcerative Herpes Simplex Virus Infection of the Vulva

Griffith-Bauer K.a · O’Hearn M.b · Ehst B.D.a
Departments of aDermatology and bMedicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oreg., USA

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Herpes simplex virus infections in HIV-infected individuals can be clinically unusual and difficult to treat due to underlying problems with cell-mediated immunity and the occurrence of antiviral resistance. Additionally, partial or incomplete restoration of immune function may result in chronic ulcerations that require rotational treatments. In this report, we describe the case of a 38-year-old HIV-positive woman who developed the ulcerative form of chronic herpes simplex infection despite highly active antiretroviral therapy and valacyclovir prophylaxis. Repeated intravenous courses of foscarnet and topical cidofovir finally controlled her erosions as her cell-mediated immunity was slowly restored. This case highlights the challenges that still exist in diagnosing and managing this rare presentation of herpes simplex virus

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Dr Benjamin D. Ehst
Department of Dermatology
Oregon Health & Science University, Mail Code CH16D
3303 SW Bond Avenue, Portland, OR 97239 (USA)


Article Information

Published online: September 12, 2012
Number of Print Pages : 5
Number of Figures : 3,


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Case Reports in Dermatology

Vol. 4, No. 3, Year 2012 (Cover Date: September - December)

Journal Editor: Jemec G.B.E. (Roskilde)
ISSN: 1662-6567 (Print), eISSN: 1662-6567 (Online)

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Published online: 9/12/2012
Issue release date: September – December

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 3
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