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Br J Dermatol. 1995 Dec;133(6):990-3.

Pityriasis rubra pilaris and human immunodeficiency virus infection.

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Servicio de Dermatología Unisversidad Alcalá de Henares, Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain.


Recently, the occurrence of pityriasis rubra pilaris (PRP) has been reported in patients with HIV infection. It presents different clinical features, and has a poorer prognosis, than the classical adult type of PRP. We report the occurrence of severe PRP in an HIV-infected patient, and review the previously reported cases of this association. We propose the designation of a new category of PRP (type 6), characterized by the presence of HIV infection, usually without immunosuppression, a poor prognosis and response to treatment, and the development of nodulocystic and lichen spinulosus lesions.

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