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June 6, 1977

Herpes Simplex and Neurologic Deficits

Author Affiliations

Arcadia, Calif

JAMA. 1977;237(23):2470. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270500022007

To the Editor.—  In his discussion of recurrent herpes simplex of the skin in the QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS section (237:579, 1977), Friedman states that "no objective neurological deficits, sensory or motor, have been noted." This is incorrect.While such deficits are rare with recurrent herpes simplex, they have been noted. For example, Von Hoff et al1 reported a patient with multifocal sensory and motor neurological signs associated with recurrent labial herpes simplex. Similarly, Lewis and Morris2 described a patient with recurrent herpes simplex associated with Bell's palsy.