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Simultaneous genital ulcer and meningitis: a case of EBV infection

Hassan Rahhal, Jairo Tavares Nunes, Leonardo da Costa Lopes, Aleksander Snioka Prokopowitsch

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The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is associated with a broad spectrum of diseases, mainly because of its genomic characteristics, which result in different latency patterns in immune cells and infective mechanisms. The patient described in this report is a previously healthy young man who presented to the emergency department with clinical features consistent with meningitis and genital ulcers, which raised concern that the herpes simplex virus was the causative agent. However, the polymerase chain reaction of cerebral spinal fluid was positive for EBV. The authors highlight the importance of this infection among the differential diagnosis of central nervous system involvement and genital ulceration.


Meningitis, Viral, Epstein-Barr Virus Infections, Ulcer, Genital Diseases.


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