What does a finding of peripheral lesions (herpes labialis) indicate in the treatment of herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Wayne E Anderson, DO, FAHS, FAAN; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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A causal or temporal relationship between peripheral lesions (eg, herpes labialis) and HSE does not exist. In addition, many febrile diseases may precipitate herpes labialis. Therefore, the presence or absence of such lesions neither confirms nor excludes the diagnosis.


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