Are steroids a beneficial adjunctive therapy in the immunosuppressed patient with herpes simplex virus encephalitis?

Karlo J. Lizarraga, Lucien C. Alexandre, Ciro Ramos-Estebanez, Amedeo Merenda

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Abstract

Few reports describe the reactivation of latent herpes simplex virus causing encephalitis (HSVE) in patients undergoing brain radiation therapy and a concomitant steroid regimen. The role for steroid use in the treatment of patients with HSVE has not been fully elucidated. We report the case of a female patient immunosuppressed by steroids and brain radiation who developed HSVE and responded to acyclovir and dexamethasone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-55
Number of pages4
JournalCase Reports in Neurology
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Corticosteroids
  • Herpes simplex virus encephalitis
  • Immunosuppression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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