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Pediatrics. 2000 Oct;106(4):E57.

Vulvar carcinoma in a 12-year-old girl with vertically acquired human immunodeficiency virus infection.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Padova, Padova, Italy.


We report the first case of a girl with vertically acquired human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, who developed invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva at 12 years of age. Lesions resembling bowenoid papulosis covered the perianal area as well. She underwent a nonmutilating surgical excision of the infiltrating lesion. More than 3 years later, her clinical condition is excellent, although dysplastic, noninfiltrating multifocal lesions persist. This case highlights the need to perform careful periodic genital examinations in all HIV-infected children and adolescents born to HIV-positive mothers.

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