What are the goals of drug treatment for 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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The goals of therapy are to reduce morbidity, to shorten the clinical course of the disease, to prevent complications, and to prevent recurrences. Pharmacotherapy for herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE) is available in the form of acyclovir. Patient outcome is improved when this agent is used for treatment.


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