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Acquired ichthyosis - Immunocompromised, HIV and AIDS
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Acquired ichthyosis - Immunocompromised, HIV and AIDS

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Contributors: Marvin Turck MD
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Acquired ichthyosis (AI) is a rare condition usually associated with underlying disease. It is clinically similar to ichthyosis vulgaris, a benign hereditable trait manifest in childhood. AI may be associated with malignancy, nonmalignant conditions, and medications. The most common associated malignancy is Hodgkin's disease. AI has also been reported with non-Hodgkin's lymphomas; multiple myeloma; mycosis fungoides; carcinoma of the breast, lung, cervix, and liver; and sarcomas, including Kaposi sarcoma. The skin changes often occur simultaneously or after the diagnosis of malignancy.

AI is often seen in HIV infection, usually with a low CD4+ count, and not necessarily associated with malignancy.

AI may be seen with chronic metabolic disturbances (malnutrition, malabsorption, renal failure, hyperparathyroidism, hypopituitarism, hypothyroidism, and diabetes). It also occurs on occasion with connective tissue disease (eg, systemic lupus and dermatomyositis) as well as with sarcoidosis, Hansen's disease, and post-bone marrow transplant.

Drug-induced AI may be caused by cholesterol-lowering agents, butyrophenones, dixyrazine, maprotiline, cimetidine, allopurinol, hydroxyurea, and clofazimine.

Coincident hair loss may occur, as may pruritus or a burning sensation. Symptoms usually improve in a warm, moist climate.

Disease severity depends upon the course of the associated disorder. AI often remits after treatment of underlying malignancy.


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