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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) epithelial keratitis, dendrite

Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Photographer: Carol Chan, CRA

Dendritic ulcers are the classic lesion associated with herpes simplex virus (HSV) epithelial keratitis. This photograph portrays the typical appearance of these ulcers - swollen epithelium along the margins of a positive-staining, dendritic corneal ulcer with terminal bulbs at the ends of the branches. This contrasts with the appearance of Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) pseudodendrites.

To learn more about HSV keratitis, read the EyeRounds case report.

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) epithelial keratitis, dendrite

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last updated: 09/02/2014
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