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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 499-501

Recrudescent herpes labialis mimicking primary herpes labialis in pregnancy

1 Department of Periodontics, H.S. Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Dermatovenereology, MMIMSR, Mullana (Ambala), India
3 Department of Periodontics, MMCDSR Mullana (Ambala), India

Correspondence Address:
Shaveta Sood
Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics, H.S. Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Chandigarh
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Context: Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is prevalent worldwide. Herpes labialis is caused predominantly by HSV-1, and herpes vulvo-vaginitis is caused predominantly by HSV-2. HSV-2 may result in significant morbidity and mortality for infected neonates exposed during delivery .Due to this fact, a large amount of literature exists for HSV-2 but data for HSV -1 is scanty. Case Report : We report two cases of recrudescent herpes labialis in 3 rd trimester of pregnancy with extensive peri-oral lesions resembling primary herpes labialis. There was no obvious cause of immunosupression. The patients were followed up with a normal outcome of pregnancy and no fetal abnormality. Conclusions : The reasons for such extensive perioral lesions are uncertain. Immunosupression of pregnancy may be a factor in a sub group of patients.

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