What are the clinical features of acute herpetic gingivostomatitis in patients with herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Folusakin O Ayoade, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Clinical features include the following:

  • Abrupt onset

  • High temperature (102-104°F)

  • Anorexia and listlessness

  • Gingivitis (This is the most striking feature, with markedly swollen, erythematous, friable gums.)

  • Vesicular lesions (These develop on the oral mucosa, tongue, and lips and later rupture and coalesce, leaving ulcerated plaques.)

  • Tender regional lymphadenopathy

  • Perioral skin involvement due to contamination with infected saliva

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