Primary Herpetic Peritonitis Causing Intestinal Perforation: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Katsivas, Theodoros; Sokolov, Richard; Miller, Marjorie; Hever, Aviv; Hu, Bing
July 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;7/15/2004, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p13
Academic Journal
Peritonitis of viral etiology is rarely reported in the literature; a prior report described a patient undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis who had the disease. We re- port a case of primary herpetic peritonitis (the agent of which was typed by polymerase chain reaction as herpes simplex virus biotype 1), which caused intestinal perforation, and we review the current literature and provide possible pathophysiologic mechanisms.


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