Herpes simplex virus following stab phlebectomy

Caitlin Hicks, Ying Wei Lum, Jennifer A. Heller

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Herpes simplex virus infection following surgery is an unusual postoperative phenomenon. Many mechanisms have been suggested, with the most likely explanation related to latent virus reactivation due to a proinflammatory response in the setting of local trauma. Here, we present a case of herpes simplex virus reactivation in an immunocompetent female following a conventional right lower extremity stab phlebectomy. Salient clinical and physical examination findings are described, and management strategies for herpes simplex virus reactivation are outlined. This is the first known case report of herpes simplex virus reactivation following lower extremity phlebectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-143
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Herpes simplex virus
  • phlebectomy
  • superficial venous procedure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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