What is the role of electroencephalography in the workup of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

Updated: Feb 27, 2019
  • Author: J Michael Klatte, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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The electroencephalogram is diffusely abnormal in neonates with CNS herpes simplex virus.

Electroencephalography may demonstrate paroxysmal lateralizing epileptiform discharges (PLEDs) but more commonly shows focal spike and slow-wave abnormalities.


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