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Herpes, Neonatal -- Disseminated

Herpes, Neonatal -- Disseminated: Introduction

Herpes, Neonatal -- Disseminated: Disseminated neonatal herpes is a widespread infection of a newborn with the herpes virus within the first six weeks of life. The virus may be transmitted from the mother to the baby while it is still in the uterus or during delivery. The risk of transmitting the virus is highest if genital herpes is contracted during the late stages of the pregnancy. A mother with long standing or recurring herpes infection usually has sufficient antibodies to the virus to prevent the infant becoming infected. Neonatal herpes can also be contracted when an infant comes into contact with an infected person e.g. being kissed by and adult with cold sores. A cesarean birth may be advised for mothers who have active genital lesions. Brain infection will occur in over half of infants with the disseminated form. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Herpes, Neonatal -- Disseminated is available below.

Symptoms of Herpes, Neonatal -- Disseminated

Treatments for Herpes, Neonatal -- Disseminated

  • Acyclovir - usually high dose through an IV
  • Treatment of neonatal herpes requires intensive inpatient care. Treatment includes:
  • Antiviral therapy - usually intravenous with agents such as acyclovir
  • Supportive therapy - intravenous fluids, management of seizures etc
  • more treatments...»

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Prognosis for Herpes, Neonatal -- Disseminated

Prognosis for Herpes, Neonatal -- Disseminated: Of infants with disseminated infection, more than 80% who don't receive treatment die, over half with treatment die and most of the survivors suffer neurological damage.

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  1. Herpes, Neonatal -- Disseminated: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Complications
  9. Prognosis

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