herpes esophagitis

herpes esophagitis

infection of the esophagus with herpes simplex virus characterized by difficult and painful swallowing. Discrete ulcers of the esophageal mucosa are typically seen; frequently affects immunocompromised patients; diagnosis confirmed by viral inclusions on mucosal biopsy.
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Herpes esophagitis is visualized when barium pools in multiple small ulcers.
Prominent mononuclear cell infiltrate is characteristic of herpes esophagitis.
Black esophagus associated with herpes esophagitis.
Herpes esophagitis may occasionally develop as an acute, self-limited disease in otherwise healthy patients.
1,14) This condition may be difficult to differentiate from herpes esophagitis on barium studies, but the clinical history usually suggests the correct diagnosis.