Encephalitis treatment – a case report with long-term follow-up of EBV PCR in cerebrospinal fluid
Authors Zarlasht F, Salehi M, Abu-Hishmeh M, Khan M
Received 6 June 2017
Accepted for publication 21 September 2017
Published 26 October 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 371—373
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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser
Fnu Zarlasht,1 Mashal Salehi,2 Mohammad Abu-Hishmeh,3 Muzammil Khan2
1Department of Medicine, Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY, USA, 2Department of Medicine, NYC Health + Hospital/Harlem, Columbia University, NY, USA, 3Department of Medicine, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Centre, Bronx NY, USA
Background: Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) has been found to cause infectious mononucleosis multiple times, but has been associated rarely with EBV encephalitis. Also, whenever it is diagnosed, it is always treated symptomatically.
Case report: A case of confirmed EBV encephalitis is presented, which was treated with antiviral therapy resulting in complete clearance of the virus in cerebrospinal fluid and minimal neurologic symptoms after hospital discharge.
Conclusion: The Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines state that intravenous acyclovir is not recommended for EBV-related encephalitis. But we reviewed the literature and found similar cases, and we believe that antiviral therapy should be recommended for EBV encephalitis because it is a potentially fatal disease and if left untreated, can lead to raised intracranial pressure, craniotomy and even death.
Keywords: Epstein–Barr virus, intravenous, human immune deficiency virus, HIV
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