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Severe Coagulopathy Secondary to Fulminant Herpes Simplex Virus Hepatitis in a Severely Burned Patient: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

A new interesting article has been published in J Burn Care Res. 2018 Oct 23;39(6):1071-1076. doi: 10.1093/jbcr/irx046. and titled:

Severe Coagulopathy Secondary to Fulminant Herpes Simplex Virus Hepatitis in a Severely Burned Patient: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

Authors of this article are:

Cook G, Patel S, Williams R, Hodge J, Ingram W, Gayed R.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Fulminant hepatic failure secondary to herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a rare complication that is associated with high mortality. Here, we describe the case of a critically ill patient with severe burns and inhalation injury who developed severe coagulopathy during her hospital stay, which was later found to be caused by HSV hepatitis. In addition, we review the current literature on HSV hepatitis. Only three prior reports document liver involvement of HSV in patients with burn. Clinical symptoms, diagnostic factors, and management of HSV hepatitis in patients with burn are presented. Because of severe immunosuppression and potentially fatal nature of this infection, clinicians should have a heightened suspicion for HSV hepatitis in burn patients with HSV mucocutaneous involvement, unexplained liver dysfunction, and severe coagulopathy, and it should prompt immediate initiation of intravenous acyclovir.

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