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An 18-Year-Old Woman With Herpes Simplex Esophagitis: A Case Report and Review of Literature

Sedki, Emad MD*; Gopalakrishna, K. V. MD; Greenwalt, Peter MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: September 2010 - Volume 18 - Issue 5 - p 338-340
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181d5e009
Case Reports

Herpes simplex esophagitis is a well-documented entity in immunocompromised patients. However, it is rare in immunocompetent hosts. We are reporting a case of an 18-year-old healthy woman who was admitted to our hospital with dysphagia, odynophagia, and chest pain. Clinical examination was unremarkable, and no abnormalities were observed in her admission laboratory studies. She underwent an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, which revealed white areas of superficial erosions beginning in the middle esophagus and becoming more confluent over the distal 5 cm of the esophagus. Biopsies confirmed inflammation and active ulceration of the squamous epithelium. Microscopic examination, cultures, and serology confirmed herpes simplex virus.

From the *Internal Medicine Residency Office, and Departments of †Internal Medicine and ‡Gastroenterology, Fairview Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Health System, Cleveland, OH.

Correspondence to: Emad Sedki, MD, Internal Medicine Residency Office, Fairview Hospital, 18101 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH. E-mail:

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.