Posts Tagged ‘herpes simplex virus’

19-Year-Old Woman with Headache, Fever, Stiff Neck, and Mental-Status Changes

Posted by • June 20th, 2014

In the latest Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 19-year-old woman was admitted to the pediatric ICU because of a headache, fever, photophobia, neck stiffness, and mental-status changes. She was drowsy and disoriented with respect to year. She had truncal ataxia and rotatory nystagmus, and her face and right arm were numb. In a… Read More…

Pregnancy and Infection

Posted by • June 5th, 2014

Pregnant women have an increased severity of infections with some organisms, including influenza virus, hepatitis E virus, herpes simplex virus, and malaria parasites. A new review on this topic includes an update on immunologic alterations during pregnancy. Pregnant women are more severely affected by infections with some organisms, including influenza virus, hepatitis E virus, and herpes… Read More…

Shedding Convention: New Treatment for Genital Herpes

Posted by • January 15th, 2014

Let’s talk about herpes.  To start, if you get genital herpes, you will have it for a lifetime; currently there is no cure.  Anti-viral therapy — valacyclovir or famciclovir, both nucleoside DNA polymerase inhibitors — can reduce the frequency and severity of clinical recurrences and have been the standard of care for years.  These drugs… Read More…

Fever and Rash

Posted by • May 10th, 2012

In the latest Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 43-year-old woman with a history of atopic dermatitis was admitted to the hospital because of fever and a generalized painful, pruritic rash involving the entire body. Examination revealed vesicles, pustules, and erosions with scalloped borders. A diagnostic test result was received. The development of cutaneous pain in… Read More…