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Herpes Labialis in Patients with Russell's Viper Bite and Acute Kidney Injury: A Single Center Experience

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  • Department of Nephrology, Institute of Post Graduate and Medical and Educational Research, Kolkata, West Bengal, India; Department of Dermatology, Jawaharhal Nehru Hospital, Imphal, Manipur, India; Department of Pathology, Calcutta Medical Research Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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Snake bite is an important health hazard in tropical countries and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Herpes labialis is a common ailment caused by the Herpes simplex virus. There is no published data showing any association between the snake bite and development of Herpes labialis. Here, we present a series of patients who developed Herpes labialis after Russell's viper bite and had acute kidney injury. We attempted to find whether snake bite is an immunosuppressed state and whether it could have pre-disposed the patients to the development of these lesions.

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*Address correspondence to Rajesh Waikhom, House no. 336, Doctors Quarters, AJC Bose Road, Kolkata 700020, India. E-mail: rajesh.waikhom@gmail.com

Authors' addresses: Rajesh Waikhom, Krishna Patil, Dipankar Sircar, Arpita Roychowdhury, Sanjoy Dasgupta, and Rajendra Pandey, Department of Nephrology, IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, E-mails: rajesh.waikhom@gmail.com, kpatil1008@gmail.com, deepsircar@gmail.com, lahiri.arpi@gmail.com, dasgupta.sanjay@rediffmail.com, and rajenpandey@vsnl.net. Ranjeeta Sapam, Department of Dermatology, Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital, Imphal Manipur, India, E-mail: ranssapam@gmail.com. Jaya Prada Jadhav, Department of Pathology, Calcuta Medical Research Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, E-mail: drjuijadhav@rediffmail.com.

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