Bronchoscopic suspect of Herpesvirus infection in critically ill COVID-19 patients: two case reports and brief literature review

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Cristian Deana
Luigi Vetrugno
Francesca Stefani
Flavio Bassi


herpesvirus, bronchoalveolar lavage, ICU, critically ill patient, fiberoptic bronchoscopy, COVID-19


Herpesviridae infection in COVID-19 patients has been reported, particularly muco-cutaneous lesions. Little is known about Herpesviridae lung infection in critically ill COVID-19 patients. Typical scattered lesions seen through fiberoptic bronchoscopy in these patients should raise the question as to whether to start empirically acyclovir treatment while a Herpesviridae diagnostics result becomes available.


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