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Acquired ichthyosis in concomitant HIV-1 and HTLV-II infection: A new association with intravenous drug abuse


, : Acquired ichthyosis in concomitant HIV-1 and HTLV-II infection: A new association with intravenous drug abuse. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 29(5 PART 1): 701-708

Background: Papulosquamous eruptions are common in HIV-1-infected patients. Acquired ichthyosis may occur after profound T-cell depletion. Intravenous drug users infected with HIV-1 can be coinfected with human lymphotropic virus II (HTLV-11). Objective: We examined the relation between acquired ichthyosis and concomitant infection with HIV-1 and HTLV-II in intravenous drug users. Methods: We examined 184 male and female HIV-1-positive intravenous drug users for acquired ichthyosis. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to screen these patients for antibody to HTLV-I/II. Western blot, viral isolation, and the polymerase chain reaction were used to confirm that serologic responses were from HTLV-II and not HTLV-I. Results: Acquired ichthyosis occurred in 6.3% of white, 16.4% of Hispanic, and 21.7% of black patients. It occurred only after profound helper T-cell depletion, in association with increasing age, and with concomitant infection with HTLV-II (22.2% vs. 6.8% in HIV-1 singly infected patients (p lt 0.038)). Conclusion: Acquired ichthyosis may be a marker of concomitant infection with HIV-1 and HTLV-II in intravenous drug users and occurs after profound helper T-cell depletion.

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PMID: 8227542

DOI: 10.1016/0190-9622(93)70234-K


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