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September 1999

Acquired Lymphedema of the Hand Due to Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2

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Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(9):1125-1126. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-9-dlt0999

The lymphatic complications of acute herpetic whitlow are well described and consist of edema and erythematous streaking of the forearm with epitroclear and/or axillary lymphadenopathy and usually resolve within 21 days.1 Persistent acquired lymphedema of the hand and forearm due to herpes simplex virus (HSV) has only been reported once before.2 We report a second case of persistent lymphedema of the forearm and hand in which the herpetic nature of the problem was discovered only after an extensive evaluation of acquired lymphedema was performed.

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