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Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Associated Eosinophilic Folliculitis
Jiang-Tsun Lin, Hsu-Po Yeh
Dermatol Sinica 13: 273-280, 1995

We report a case of HIV-associated eosinophilic folliculitis. A 47-year-old asymptomatic HIV carrier presented with multiplee, intensely pruritic, skin-colored or erythematous, discrete urticarial papules on the face, neck, upper trunk and proximal portions of upper extremities. Some of them are follicle-corresponding and topped with pustules. Laboratory examinations revealesd peripheral eosinophilia, elevated serum IgE levels and low CD4 counts. Histopathological study showed perifollicular infiltration containing a significant proportion of eosinophils. The characteristic clinicopathological features of this entity should alert the physician to consider the possibility of an underlying HIV infection.

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