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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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PARRA V, Viviana et al. Atypical Herpes Esophagitis. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2015, vol.30, n.2, pp.216-218. ISSN 0120-9957.

Esophageal herpes viral infections are rare condition that have been reported most frequently in immunocompromised patients. This infection primarily affects patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and patients receiving immunosuppressants or chemotherapy. The severity of symptoms is related to the degree of esophageal involvement. Odynophagia is the most common clinical presentation while the most common endoscopic finding is multiple well-circumscribed ulcers. These typically occur in the distal third of the esophagus. Standard treatment is oral acyclovir for one to two weeks

Keywords : Herpes esophagitis; herpes simplex virus type I; immunosuppression.

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