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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 54-56

Intrauterine herpes simplex virus type one infection presenting with skin erosions and ulcers: Masking as neonatal sepsis

1 Children's Leeds Congenital Heart Unit, Leeds General Infirmary, UK
2 Department of Dermatovenerology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
3 Department of Perinatology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ines Hribernik
Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcn.JCN_112_17

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Neonatal infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV) either type 1 or type 2 can be acquired in utero, intrapartum, and postnatally. We report a case of intrauterine HSV type 1 infection with atypical cutaneous manifestations, misdiagnosed initially as neonatal sepsis. A high index of suspicion with diverse cutaneous manifestations kept in mind is necessary to diagnose infants with intrauterine HSV infection.

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