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Genital herpes simplex virus in Child
See also in: Cellulitis DDx,Anogenital
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Genital herpes simplex virus in Child

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Contributors: Susan Burgin MD
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Synopsis

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). The most common pediatric patient is a sexually active adolescent. Infection begins within 10 days after direct contact with active lesions on another infected individual; however, asymptomatic viral shedding is another well-established source of infection.

Sexual abuse must be considered in all young children with genital HSV. Abuse affects children of all ages and backgrounds and, if suspected, needs appropriate referral. Other sources of infection in young children are autoinoculation from herpetic disease of the fingers (herpetic whitlow), innocent inoculation from a caregiver with herpetic whitlow, and close nonsexual physical contact.

Codes

ICD10CM:
A60.9 – Anogenital herpesviral infection, unspecified

SNOMEDCT:
33839006 – Genital herpes simplex

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Last Reviewed: 12/15/2016
Last Updated: 05/07/2019
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Genital herpes simplex virus : Female genital, Grouped configuration, Male genital, Recurring episodes or relapses, Umbilicated vesicle
Clinical image of Genital herpes simplex virus
Grouped early vesicles and background erythema on the penile shaft.
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