Herpes simplex virus reactivation in surgical patients.

  title={Herpes simplex virus reactivation in surgical patients.},
  author={Colin D A Porteous and Julie A. Bradley and Dylan H. Hamilton and IainMca. Ledingham and G. B. Clements and Clifford G. Robinson},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  volume={12 8},
Evidence for oral shedding of herpes simplex virus Type I (HSV) indicating endogenous viral reactivation as a measure of depressed host defense was sought in 44 critically ill surgical patients. Eighteen (41%) of these showed persistent HSV shedding. None of 50 controls showed HSV shedding, but 4 (10%) of 42 patients undergoing elective surgery showed transient postoperative viral reactivation. In the critically ill surgical patients, oral HSV shedding was not related to outcome. However… CONTINUE READING

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