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Volume 15, Number 7—July 2009


Recurrent Lymphocytic Meningitis Positive for Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2

Katariina Kallio-LaineComments to Author , Mikko Seppänen, Hannu Kautiainen, Marja-Liisa Lokki, Maija Lappalainen, Ville Valtonen, Markus Färkkilä, and Eija Kalso
Author affiliations: Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland (K. Kallio-Laine, M. Seppänen, M. Lappalainen, V. Valtonen, M. Färkkilä, E. Kalso); Orton Orthopedic Hospital, Helsinki (H. Kautiainen); Haartman Institute, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (M.-L. Lokki)

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Table 2

Clinical symptoms in 22 patients with recurring herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 2 meningitis, during study period (January 1994–December 2003), Finland

Associated symptoms No. patients with symptom
Maximum duration
During meningitis episode After meningitis episode Total*
Neuropathic pain 5 6 7 Years
Paresthesias 8 6 8 Months
Urinating difficulty 3 3 5 Months
Arthralgias 1 6 6 Months
Paresis of facial nerve 1 1 2 Weeks
Hallucinations 1 0 1 Days
Dysarthria 3 0 3 Days
Visual disturbance 2 0 2 Days

*Some patients experienced symptoms both during and after episodes.

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