Intractable Rare Dis Res. 2017;6(2):124-127. (DOI: 10.5582/irdr.2017.01013)

A fatal case of herpes simplex virus hepatitis in a pregnant patient.

Masadeh M, Shen H, Lee Y, Gunderson A, Brown K, Bellizzi A, Tanaka T


We present a middle aged pregnant woman who developed signs and symptoms of acute liver failure and was found to have herpes simplex virus hepatitis. Patient had an emergent delivery and was started on antiviral therapy, but unfortunately due to the severity of her liver failure, she passed away. The importance of reporting this case is to emphasize on the importance of considering herpes simplex infection in pregnant women who present with acute liver failure, and the importance of early administration of antiviral therapy.

KEYWORDS: Herpes simplex hepatitis, acute liver failure, hepatitis in pregnancy

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