Herpetic Tracheobronchitis: Cytologic and Virologic Detection

Scott W. Jordan, Leroy C. Mclaren, John H. Crosby

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Tracheobronchitis due to herpes simplex virus is a well-recognized finding in cases of burns, debilitation, or immunosuppression. Nearly all reported cases have been diagnosed at necropsy despite the possibility for clinical detection of such infections by exfoliative cytological studies, virus isolation and identification, or both. The present report details the cytologic and virologic diagnosis of herpetic tracheobronchitis in a patient with carcinoma of the lung and alcoholic fatty liver. Respiratory cells with herpetic infection cytologically showed less tendency to multinucleation than the characteristic herpes-infected cells of squamous epithelium, which may be a source of diagnostic confusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)784-788
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1975
Externally publishedYes


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  • Internal Medicine

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