Acute retinal necrosis secondary to herpes simplex virus type 2 in neonates

Vincent D. Venincasa, Andres Emanuelli, Theodore Leng, Erin Perlini, Victor Villegas, Magaly Diaz-Barbosa, Maria Gutierrez, Darlene Miller, Audina M. Berrocal

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ABSTRACT: Acute retinal necrosis (ARN) should be in the differential diagnosis of a neonate who presents with vitritis. This report includes three cases of neonatal ARN at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute from 2004 to 2009. Medical treatment with acyclovir helped reduce sequelae of herpes simplex virus (HSV) 2 infection. Patients with ARN are at risk for retinal detachment and blindness. Although mothers are screened during pregnancy, they are at risk of reactivation or primary contraction of HSV. A neonate presenting with vitritis should raise suspicion of ARN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-501
Number of pages3
JournalOphthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging Retina
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology


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