What is included in long-term monitoring of pediatric 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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Adolescents with genital herpes simplex virus infection may require ongoing care for recurrences of herpes simplex virus infections (see Medication).

With effective antiviral therapy, an increasing number of newborns with herpes simplex virus infection survive and require long-term follow-up care. These children should receive ongoing evaluations from specialists in areas including neurodevelopment, ophthalmology, and audiology.

Parents of a child with neonatal herpes simplex virus infection often have considerable feelings of guilt. Parents often require interventional care. In this situation, support from the primary care physician can be of great value to the family.


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