AJP Rep 2013; 03(02): 067-070
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1338167
Case Report
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Whole Blood Polymerase Chain Reaction in a Neonate with Disseminated Herpes Simplex Virus Infection and Liver Failure

Jennifer A. Scoble
1  Department of Pediatrics, University of California Davis, Sacramento, California
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Mark A. Underwood
1  Department of Pediatrics, University of California Davis, Sacramento, California
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Publication History

23 October 2012

01 February 2013

Publication Date:
19 March 2013 (eFirst)

  

Abstract

A late preterm neonate born by cesarean section with intact membranes presented at 9 days of life with shock and liver failure. Surface cultures were negative but whole blood polymerase chain reaction was positive for herpes simplex virus type 2, underscoring the value of this test in early diagnosis of perinatally acquired disseminated herpes simplex virus infection without skin lesions.