Which histologic findings are characteristic of herpes simplex virus (HSV) pneumonias?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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HSV pneumonia causes parenchymal necrosis, hemorrhage, and mononuclear infiltrates. Upon bronchoscopy, one may observe trachitis, bronchitis, and typical punctate mucosal lesions. Pathology findings in HSV infection show multinucleated giant cells and intranuclear inclusions.


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