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Herpes Esophagitis

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This endoscopic esophageal biopsy is from an adult male with upper GI symptoms. Ulcers were noted at endoscopy. Biopsies showed reactive/regenerative squamous mucosa (not shown here) and ulcer. The findings were suspicious for herpes esophagitis; however, charateristic histologic findings of multinucleated giant cells with chromatin margination and Cowdry A intranuclear inclusions were not readily apparent. Yellow arrows point to possible viral inclusions. With HSV immunostain, numerous cells were positive (see next image).

Case courtesy of: Ankur Sangoi, MD; used with permission.

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