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Herpes Simplex Infection in a Minor Burn Wound: A Case Report

Chen, Chun-Chia MD; Chen, Chung-Lin MD; Chiang, Ching-Hsiang MD; Pan, Shin-Chen MD



In the article by Chen et al., published in the September/October 2005 issue of the Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation, the correspondence footnote should appear as follows:

Address correspondence to: Chung-Lin Chen, MD, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, National Cheng-Kung University, 138 Sheng-Li Road, Tainan, Taiwan 704.

The legend to Figure 2 should appear as follows:

Figure 2. Tzanck smear shows a multinucleated giant cell (40).

The legend to Figure 3 should appear as follows:

Figure 3. Tzanck smear shows a multinucleated giant cell (100).

Reference 6 should appear as follows:

6. Garcia H, Edwards MS. Herpes simplex infection of burn wounds. South Med J 1981;74:991–2.

Reference 7 should appear as follows:

7. McGill SN, Cartotto RC. Herpes simplex virus infection in a paediatric burn patient: case report and review. Burns 2000;26:194–9.

Reference 10 should appear as follows:

10. Sheridan RL, Schulz JT, Weber JM, Ryan CM, Pasternack MS, Tompkins RG. Cutaneous herpetic infections complicating burns. Burns 2000;26:621–4.

The authors regret the errors.

Journal of Burn Care & Research. 26(6):556, November/December 2005.

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The etiology of herpetic lesions on burn wounds generally is believed to be a reactivation of previous infection or possible exposure to the pathogens under an immunocompromised status. However, this scenario rarely happens in a non-immunocompromised infant with low burned body surface area (<4% TBSA). We report a case of previously healthy 21-month-old boy who sustained minor scald burn injury involving only 4% TBSA that was complicated with herpes simplex type 1 viral infection. The infection presented with ulcerative burn wound and delayed wound healing. The Tzanck smear of vesicular fluid for the identification of multinucleated giant cells is helpful in making the decision for the early initiation of acyclovir. In this work, we describe a case of pediatric burn patient with herpetic infection and emphasize the need for careful and impartial examination of the child to improve the accuracy of diagnosis.

©2005The American Burn Association


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