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Severe congenital herpes simplex virus infection
  1. Asma Yasmeen1,
  2. Samuel E Ibhanesebhor2
  1. 1 Neonatal Unit, Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2 Neonatal Unit, Wishaw General Hospital, Wishaw, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Asma Yasmeen, Neonatal Unit, Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, 16 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 2ES, UK; asmayasmeendoc{at}

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Case summary

A preterm baby boy was delivered at 29 weeks of gestation following preterm labour. He was ventilated due to poor respiratory effort. His skin was unusually translucent, fragile, red and prominently vascularised. There were sparse pustules and areas of superficial ulceration and sloughing, especially on the face as shown in figure 1. His growth was appropriate for gestational age. Umbilical lines were sited in view of condition of the skin and …

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  • Contributors The data collection about the case, timeline of events and literature search along with the writing of case report was done by the corresponding author. I was guided and my draft was refined at different stages by the coauthor. I (the corresponding author) also sought guidance from the people I have acknowledged.

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