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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 399--400

Herpes simplex encephalitis: Some interesting presentations

1 Department of Neurology, SGPGIMS, Lucknow, India
2 Department of Neurology, Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre, Bhopal, India

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Neurology Department, SGPGI, Lucknow
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Herpes Simplex Encephalitis (HSE) is the most common cause of fatal viral encephalitis. A high index of suspicion is mandatory for early diagnosis and successful therapy to restrict morbidity and mortality . We report 4 patients of HSE, with interesting presentations, viz. brainstem involvement in an immunosuppressed patient, Kluver-Bucy Syndrome—a consequence of untreated HSE, HSE in the postpartum period mistaken as cortical venous thrombosis, and response to inadequate treatment. They demonstrate the wide spectrum of clinical features, pitfalls in diagnosis, and a variable response to therapy in HSE.


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