Fulminant gestational hepatitis due to primary herpes simplex type 2 infection: Use of serum HSV polymerase chain reaction for noninvasive diagnosis

Ju Hsien J C Nienaber, David R. McNamara, Ritu Banerjee, Bobbi S. Pritt, Tess Karre, Muhammad R. Sohail

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Acute gestational hepatitis from herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is a rare but potentially life-threatening condition. We present the first reported case of primary HSV type 2 hepatitis in a pregnant woman who was diagnosed by detection of HSV-2 viremia via real-time polymerase chain reaction. The patient was successfully treated with acyclovir and delivered a healthy infant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2012



  • Diagnosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes simplex virus type 2
  • PCR
  • Pregnancy
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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