<< Pediatric Herpes Simplex Virus Infections: An Evidence-Based Approach To Treatment

Emergency Department Evaluation

HSV can cause relatively benign as well as lifethreatening diseases. Emergency clinicians must have a high index of suspicion in cases where HSV disease may not be clinically apparent. A thorough history and physical examination is paramount.


A focused approach to the history may vary based on the patient’s age and presentation. For example, in neonates, maternal history is important, as elements of this may influence suspicion for the risk of HSV transmission.

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