When is inpatient management indicated for 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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In-patient management is often indicated for patients with herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections.

Some suggested criteria are as follows:

  • Many children with severe herpes simplex virus gingivostomatitis with dehydration for intravenous (IV) fluids and pain management.

  • Neonates with disseminated/CNS disease.

  • Older patients with encephalitis who may be very ill at presentation and need inpatient evaluation and intensive care.

  • Herpes simplex virus infection in immunocompromised patients.


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