In utero Herpes simplex infection

Dr Yuranga Weerakkody and Radswiki et al.

In utero Herpes simplex infection usually occurs from transplacental transmission of the Herpes simplex virus. Transplacental intrauterine infection with herpes simplex virus is an extremely rare complication of primary herpes simplex in pregnancy.


Fetal HSV infection much less common than neonatal HSV infection. The estimated incidence is at ~ 1 in 200,000 deliveries 3.


Overwhelming fetal sepsis might result in multi-organ failure, including fetal brain death.

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Article information

rID: 15174
System: Obstetrics
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • In utero herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection
  • Fetal herpes simplex infection
  • Fetal HSV infection
  • In utero HSV infection

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