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Herpes simplex esophagitis

Sameer Bahkali, Hajer Al-Zahrani, Rana Al-Zahrani, Sara Al-Qahtani
  • Sameer Bahkali
    National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Hajer Al-Zahrani
    King Saud bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Rana Al-Zahrani
    King Saud bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Abstract

One of the well-known complications of immunosuppression is herpes simplex esophagitis and it is rarely found in immunocompetent patients. We present a case of a 75-year-old female known case of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and dyslipidemia with two-month history of dysphagia and odynophagia to solid mainly and cough tinged with blood. On esophagogastroduodenoscopy there was right side of oropharynx ulcer, edema and focal erythema with compression on the esophageal entrance. Biopsy confirmed esophagitis and findings characteristic of herpes simplex virus infection. After the diagnosis was made, the patient was treated with prednisone for 10 days and famciclovir for 14 days and showed significant improvement in a period of nearly 2 weeks. We recommend antiviral treatment even for immunocompetent patients for the clear acceleration of the recovery time and prevention of possible complications.

Keywords

Herpes simplex esophagitis; herpes simplex virus infection.

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