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Cutis. 2003 Dec;72(6):439-45.

Cutaneous histoplasmosis in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

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  • 1Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA.


Since 1987, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has considered disseminated histoplasmosis an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-defining illness. Cutaneous manifestations of disseminated disease are diverse and often present as a nondescript rash with systemic complaints. Diagnosis is best established by histopathologic examination with appropriate stains for fungal organisms. Skin lesions often resolve within weeks of initiating treatment. We detail a case of cutaneous histoplasmosis and review its epidemiology, common presentations, diagnosis, and treatment options.

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