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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 1998 October;133(5):349-52

Copyright © 1998 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Visceral leishmaniasis and diffuse psoriasis in HIV positive patient

Scuderi G., Lazzaro Danzuso G.

Azienda Ospedaliera S. Elia - Caltanissetta, Divisione di Dermatologia


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Visceral leishmaniasis is frequently reported in association with HIV infection especially in countries where leishmaniasis in endemic. A peculiar case in which visceral leishmaniasis and diffuse psoriasis led to the diagnosis of HIV infection in a 24 year-old patient is reported. Cutaneous biopsy showed the presence of amastigotes within a typical histopathological of psoriasis. The clinical features and unusual localizations of psoriasis in HIV infection and its resistance to conventional therapy are discussed.

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