Oral Acyclovir for Herpes Simplex Blepharoconjunctivitis in Children

We read the article by Liu et al on the clinical characteristics, treatment, and outcomes of pediatric herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections of the anterior segment with great interest. The researchers found that of the 53 patients (57 eyes), 18 eyes had HSV blepharoconjunctivitis (HBC) only. Eighty percent of patients had recurrent disease. Thirty-six percent of patients receiving long-term oral acyclovir had recurrent HSV. The authors suggested that physicians caring for children with recurrent unilateral blepharoconjunctivitis, keratitis, or both should consider the diagnosis of HSV infection and treat patients with (Read more...)

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