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Case Reports in Infectious DiseasesVolume 2014 2014, Article ID 930459, 4 pages

Case Report

School of Medicine, Federal University of Goiás, Rua 235 com 1

Avenida, Setor Universitário, 74605-020 Goiânia, GO, Brazil

Institute of Tropical Pathology and Public Health, Federal University of Goiás, Rua 235, s-n, Setor Universitário, 74605-050 Goiânia, GO, Brazil

Received 27 December 2013; Accepted 19 January 2014; Published 4 March 2014

Academic Editors: M. Ghate and S. Talhari

Copyright © 2014 Andréia Vidica Marinho et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Esophagitis caused by herpes simplex virus HSV is often documented during periods of immunosuppression in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus HIV; it is rare in immunocompetent diagnosed patients. Case reports of herpetic esophagitis in students of health sciences are extremely rare. The disease presents with a clinical picture characterized by acute odynophagia and retrosternal pain without obvious causes and ulcers, evidenced endoscopically in the middistal esophagus. Diagnosis depends on endoscopy, biopsies for pathology studies, and immunohistochemistry techniques. The disease course is often benign; however, treatment with acyclovir speeds the disappearance of symptoms and limits the severity of infection. In this report, we present a case of herpetic esophagitis in an immunocompetent medical student, with reference to its clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment. The disease may have manifested as a result of emotional stress experienced by the patient.





Author: Andréia Vidica Marinho, Vinícius Mendes Bonfim, Luciana Rodrigues de Alencar, Sebastião Alves Pinto, and João Alves de Ara

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