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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 8, Issue 6, Pages 351-353
Case Report

Herpes Simplex Esophagitis in Immunocompetent Hosts

Daniel Eymard, Luc Martin, Gilbert Doummar, and Jean Piché

Divisions of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Gastroenterology and Pathology, Centre hospitalier Pierre–Boucher, Longueil, Québec, Canada

Received 30 October 1996; Accepted 18 February 1997

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Over four months, three cases of biopsy-proven herpes simplex esophagitis were seen at Centre hospitalier Pierre-Boucher, Longueuil, in young adult males with no evidence of immunosuppression and negative serological testing for antibody against the human immunodeficiency virus. Clinical presentation consisted of odynophagia, fever and retrosternal chest pain. All patients rapidly improved with acyclovir therapy.