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Oral HSV and HPV Disease: A Photo Essay

Oral HSV and HPV Disease: A Photo Essay

Dr Burgess is board-certified in Oral Medicine, and he is currently Editor in Chief of the dental content Web site, the Dental Health Imaging Hub ( served 15 years as an Attending at the Pain Center associated with the University of Washington Medical Center and as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine at the Dental School. He was in a specialty Oral Medicine practice for over 20 years.

The image here shows primary herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection localized to the attached gingival tissue. HSV-1 infection of the oral mucosa is typically short-lived and not a major medical concern, except in cases involving immunocompromised patients and/or central dissemination.

Primary HSV-1 infection
Photo courtesy of Dr Federico Brugnami

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