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Severe Encephalomyelitis in an Immunocompetent Adult with Chromosomally Integrated Human Herpesvirus 6 and Clinical Response to Treatment with Foscarnet plus Ganciclovir

Stephanie B. Troy, Brian G. Blackburn, Kristen Yeom, Anna K. Finley Caulfield, Munveer S. Bhangoo and Jose G. Montoya

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 47, issue 12, pages e93-e96
Published in print December 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/593315
Severe Encephalomyelitis in an Immunocompetent Adult with Chromosomally Integrated Human Herpesvirus 6 and Clinical Response to Treatment with Foscarnet plus Ganciclovir

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Human herpesvirus 6 has rarely been identified as a cause of encephalitis in immunocompetent adults. We describe a patient who had severe encephalomyelitis, hypoglycorrhachia, and human herpesvirus 6 identified in his cerebrospinal fluid and serum and who recovered after treatment with foscarnet and ganciclovir. Human herpesvirus 6 should be considered in immunocompetent patients with encephalitis.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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