Herpes simplex encephalitis after brain surgery: Case report and review of the literature

Andreas Spuler, Hagen Blaszyk, Joseph E. Parisi, Dudley H. Davis

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Abstract

Intracranial infection after neurosurgical intervention most often is caused by bacteria. A rare case of fatal herpes simplex encephalitis after removal of a meningioma is described and similar cases reported in the literature are reviewed. Recent diagnostic tools, including detection of herpes viral DNA sequences by polymerase chain reaction, complement clinical suspicion and facilitate mandatory early diagnosis, because herpes encephalitis, without rapid initiation of treatment, may lead to severe disability or death.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-242
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Volume67
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1999

Keywords

  • Brain surgery
  • Encephalitis
  • Herpes simplex virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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