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Herpesviral meningitis

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Herpesviral meningitis

Herpesviral meningitis
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 B00.3
ICD-9 054.3

Herpesviral meningitis is meningitis associated with herpes simplex virus (HSV).

HSV-2 is the most common cause of Mollaret's meningitis, a type of recurrent viral meningitis.[1][2] This condition was first described in 1944 by French neurologist Pierre Mollaret. Recurrences usually last a few days or a few weeks, and resolve without treatment. They may recur weekly or monthly for approximately 5 years following primary infection.[3]


Although DNA analysis techniques such as Polymerase chain reaction can be used to look for DNA of herpesviruses in spinal fluid or blood, the results may be negative, even in cases where other definitive symptoms exist.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Tyler KL (2004). "Herpes simplex virus infections of the central nervous system: encephalitis and meningitis, including Mollaret's". Herpes. 11. Suppl 2: 57A–64A.  
  2. ^ "Recurring viral meningitis & herpes II". Med Help International. Retrieved 2006-11-21. 
  3. ^ Sendi P, Graber P (2006). "Mollaret's meningitis". CMAJ 174 (12): 1710.  
  4. ^ "Recurrent Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Meningitis: A Case Report of Mollaret’s Meningitis". Jpn. J. Infect. Dis. July 2002. 
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