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September 1988

Herpes Simplex Lymphangitis: Two Cases and A Review of the Literature

Arch Intern Med. 1988;148(9):2066-2067. doi:10.1001/archinte.1988.00380090126029

• Lymphangitis and lymphedema are rarely reported complications of herpetic hand or genital infection. The natural history of these complications is gradual resolution over 14 to 21 days. Recognition of this presentation of herpes infection avoids unnecessary surgery and antibacterial therapy. Antiviral therapy may have a role in shortening the duration of symptoms and aborting recurrent lymphangitic episodes.

(Arch Intern Med 1988;148:2066-2067)