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Acyclovir and Suppression of Frequently Recurring Herpetic Whitlow

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Grant support: Dr. Laskin is a recipient of the John A. and George L. Hartford Fellowship.

▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Oscar L. Laskin, M.D.; Cornell University Medical College, 1300 York Avenue; New York, NY 10021.

Cornell University Medical College; New York, New York

Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(4):494-495. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-102-4-494
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Herpetic whitlow is a cutaneous infection, usually of the hand, caused by herpes simplex virus. Like other forms of infections caused by herpes viruses, the lesions can be recurrent and the virus can reactivate frequently, resulting in significant morbidity. Herpetic whitlow is an occupational hazard for medical and dental personal and may interfere with patient care. We report the use of oral acyclovir to prevent frequent recurrences of herpetic whitlow in an otherwise healthy patient.

A 30-year-old white woman, a surgical resident with a 4-year history of recurrent herpetic whitlow involving her left thumb, was seen at the New York


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