Skip Navigation LinksHome > June 2012 - Volume 55 - Issue 2 > Preventing Neonatal Transmission of Herpes Simplex Virus
Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31824defdb
Prevention of Infection in the Obstetric Patient

Preventing Neonatal Transmission of Herpes Simplex Virus

JAIYEOBA, OLUWATOSIN MD*,†; AMAYA, MICHELLE I. MD, MPH; SOPER, DAVID E. MD*,†; KILBY, J. MICHAEL MD, FACP

Collapse Box

Abstract

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections are highly prevalent and may have devastating consequences if transmitted to newborns. The highest risk of transmission is when the mother has primary HSV infection (rather than recurrence of chronic infection) late in pregnancy. Clinicians should obtain a careful history, performing serologic testing and counseling as appropriate. Delayed diagnosis of neonatal HSV is associated with high mortality. Even with adequate treatment, permanent sequelae, such as cerebral palsy and developmental delay, may occur. Clinicians should develop prudent strategies to avoid primary HSV acquisition during pregnancy, and provide prophylaxis or treatment when indicated.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

Login

Article Tools

Share

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.