Mucocutaneous pathology in HIV infection.

P Lamarão, T Eliseu, H Castro, F Maltez, J Machado, A Morgado, R Proença


Several infectious, neoplastic or inflammatory skin diseases, may be early manifestations of HIV infection. We reviewed the clinical data of 226 HIV seropositive male patients with cutaneous disease, from a total of 337 inpatients at the Infectious Diseases Unit--Department of Medicine 1--Curry Cabral Hospital, from 1985 to 1991. Some considerations are made about the most common dermatological disorders: oral candidiasis, seborrheic dermatitis, Kaposi's sarcoma, herpes simplex infection, drug-related skin disorders, herpes zoster and dermatophytosis. The high prevalence of cutaneous manifestations in HIV infection, the uncommon clinical findings and their occasional therapeutic problems, makes an early diagnosis essential.

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