Mollaret's meningitis caused by herpes simplex virus type 2: case report and literature review

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Abstract

Presented here is a new case of benign recurrent aseptic meningitis, or Mollaret's meningitis, in which cerebrospinal fluid was positive for herpes simplex virus type 2 using the polymerase chain reaction test. A search of the existing medical literature revealed 58 previously reported cases of Mollaret's meningitis in which samples of cerebrospinal fluid were tested for herpes simplex virus. Discussed here are the history, clinical and laboratory findings, differential diagnoses and therapeutic options for this illness.

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