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Lepromatous leprosy as a presenting feature of HIV


 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, B. J. Government Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Ravindranath B Chavan,
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, B.J. Government Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, Pune - 411 001, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijstd.IJSTD_44_19

Various bacterial, mycobacterial and fungal opportunistic infections occur frequently in immunocompromised individuals, however, leprosy in retroviral disease is a relatively rare association. Hereby, we report a case of lepromatous leprosy that presented with clinical features mimicking other opportunistic infections and subsequently led to the diagnosis of HIV. The myriad challenges associated with the diagnosis and management of HIV–leprosy coinfection are also discussed. Thus, although uncommon, atypical cutaneous lesions in HIV-seropositive patients warrant investigation for leprosy.


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    -  Belgaumkar VA
    -  Chavan RB
    -  Deshmukh NS
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