Which clinical history findings are characteristic of herpes esophagitis?

Updated: May 28, 2020
  • Author: Deepika Devuni, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Herpes esophagitis is most commonly seen in immunocompromised patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), an underlying malignancy, or a debilitating illness or in patients who have been treated with radiation, steroids, or chemotherapy. [51] However, it occasionally occurs as an acute self-limiting disease in otherwise healthy patients who have no underlying immunologic problems. Patients with herpes esophagitis typically present with an acute onset of severe odynophagia. Other presenting findings include dysphagia, chest pain, and upper GI tract bleeding.

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