What are the indications for inpatient management of pediatric herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

Updated: Feb 27, 2019
  • Author: J Michael Klatte, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Inpatient management is often indicated for pediatric patients with HSV infections. Suggested criteria include the following:

  • Many children with severe HSV gingivostomatitis who are dehydrated

  • Neonates with disseminated or CNS disease

  • Older patients with encephalitis who may be very ill at presentation

  • HSV infection in immunocompromised patients

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