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Can J Infect Dis. 1997 Nov;8(6):351-3.

Herpes simplex esophagitis in immunocompetent hosts.

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  • 1Divisions of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases; and Gastroenterology and Pathology; Centre hospitalier Pierre-Boucher, Longueil, Québec.


Over four months, three cases of biopsy-proven herpes simplex esophagitis were seen at Centre hospitalier Pierre-Boucher, Longueuil, in young adult males with no evidence of immunosuppression and negative serological testing for antibody against the human immunodeficiency virus. Clinical presentation consisted of odynophagia, fever and retrosternal chest pain. All patients rapidly improved with acyclovir therapy.


Esophagitis; Herpes simplex virus; Immunocompetent

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