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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
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LESTRE, Sara Isabel Alcântara; JOAO, Alexandre; CARVALHO, Célia and SERRAO, Vasco Vieira. Hypertrophic perianal herpes successfully treated with imiquimod. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2011, vol.86, n.6, pp.1185-1188. ISSN 0365-0596. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962011000600020.
Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infections are frequent in HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infected patients. In those cases, genital herpes may have an atypical clinical presentation. Hypertrophic and vegetating variants are unusual. The authors describe a case of hypertrophic perianal herpes in an HIV patient with unsatisfactory response to acyclovir and valacyclovir, successfully treated with imiquimod. Hypertrophic genital herpes cases are frequently refractory to antiviral treatments. In our experience, imiquimod is an efficient, safe and well tolerated treatment that should be considered in therapeutic approach of these patients.
Keywords : Antiviral agents; Combined modality therapy; Efficacy; Herpes genitalis; Herpesvirus 2, human.