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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 308-310

Severe hemorrhagic retinopathy as initial manifestation of acute retinal necrosis caused by herpes simplex virus

1 Smt. Kannuri Santhamma Retina vitreous Service, L V Prasad Eye Institute, L V Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034, India
2 Jhaveri Microbiology Centre, L V Prasad Eye Institute, L V Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034, India

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Subhadra Jalali
Smt. Kannuri Santhamma Retina Vitreous Centre, LV Prasad Eye Institute, LV Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.33050

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A case of bilateral acute retinal necrosis due to herpes simplex virus 1, in a child is reported. The case presented as an extensive hemorrhagic retinopathy that was misdiagnosed as non-infective initially. Diagnostic aqueous tap of the blind eye for viral DNA by polymerase chain reaction helped to confirm viral etiology when the other eye was affected. Appropriate antiviral therapy followed by prompt surgeries for subsequent retinal detachment helped to salvage useful vision in the second eye.

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