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January 1981

Computerized Tomography in Brain Biopsy-Proven Herpes Simplex Encephalitis: Early Normal Results

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Drs Greenberg and Septimus), Microbiology and Immunology (Dr Greenberg), Pediatrics (Drs Puck and Taber), and Radiology (Dr Bryan), Baylor College of Medicine; and the Department of Pediatrics (Dr Kohl), The University of Texas School of Medicine; and the Virus Diagnostic Laboratory at the Methodist Hospital, Houston.

Arch Neurol. 1981;38(1):58-59. doi:10.1001/archneur.1981.00510010084019

• Five patients with brain biopsy-proven herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE) had normal computerized tomographic (CT) scans one to seven days after the onset of symptoms referable to the CNS. Although an abnormal CT scan is helpful in the recognition of HSE, an early normal study does not preclude the diagnosis.

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