Herpes Simplex Virus Esophagitis in an Immunocompetent Patient.
Osceola Regional Medical Center
anabolic steroid, esophagitis, herpes simplex virus, immunocompetent, rare
Digestive System Diseases | Internal Medicine | Virus Diseases
Esophagitis due to herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is a rare entity in the immunocompetent population. It is usually seen in immunocompromised hosts, those with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, malignancies, and patients on immunosuppressive medications. We present a case of a young immunocompetent man with anabolic steroid use who presented with esophagitis symptoms found to be from HSV infection. So far, the use of corticosteroids has been reported as a predisposing factor for HSV esophagitis in immunocompetent hosts in multiple case reports. However, our case suspects that transient immunosuppression with similar medication can cause HSV esophagitis in otherwise immunocompetent hosts.
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Shah R, Patel S, Henriquez R, Parikh J, Mandalia A. Herpes Simplex Virus Esophagitis in an Immunocompetent Patient. Cureus. 2023;15(9):e44668. doi:10.7759/cureus.44668