Archives of Virology

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 13–24 | Cite as

Herpes genitalis in guinea-pigs

II. Morphological studies in female guinea-pigs infected with herpesvirus hominis type 2
  • G. Krinke
  • F. Žák
  • B. Lukáš
  • W. Wiesendanger
  • K. H. Schmidt-Ruppin


Gross and microscopial morphological changes developing in female guinea-pigs after vaginal infection with HVH 2/Angelotti were studied. In the mucosa of the external genital tract there were inflammatory changes with formation of intra-epithelial vesicles, erosions and ulcerations. In the late stages of the infection signs of inflammatory dysplasia were also observed. The infection spread into the nervous system and produced characteristic inflammatory changes. The inflammation began as a bilateral posterior myelitis and ascended in the course of infection through the upper spinal-cord towards the brain-stem. The morphological changes were preceded by increased virus replication in the respective tissues and were correlated in time with clinical symptoms. The morphological changes seen at the site of inoculation in the external genital tract of the guinea-pig bore a certain resemblance to those seen in some cases of human infection with the same type of virus.


Nervous System Infectious Disease Clinical Symptom Morphological Change Late Stage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Krinke
    • 1
  • F. Žák
    • 1
  • B. Lukáš
    • 1
  • W. Wiesendanger
    • 1
  • K. H. Schmidt-Ruppin
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Department, Pharmaceuticals DivisionCiba-Geigy Ltd.BasleSwitzerland

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