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Minerva Stomatologica 2005 March;54(3):161-4

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Systemic B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia first presenting as a cutaneous infiltrate arising at the site of a herpes simplex scar

Kakagia D., Tamiolakis D., Lambropoulou M., Kakagia A., Grekou A., Papadopoulos N.


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Cutaneous infection by Herpes virus (simplex or zoster) is a common non-specific skin manifestation in patients affected by B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) or other malignant lymphomas and is attributed to the patients' immunodeficiency. Persistent or shortly recurrent lesions, however, may represent specific cutaneous infiltrates of systemic B-CLL of several months' duration. The occurrence of these lesions as first manifestation of B-CLL is rare and previously reported only on herpes zoster scars. A case of a 63-year-old male patient with cutaneous B-CLL infiltrate of the right oral commissure at the site of herpes simplex scar as first sign of the disease is herein reported.

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