Frequency of mucocutaneous manifestations in HIV positive Pakistani patients
Keywords:Cutaneous manifestations, HIV, CD4 count
AbstractBackground Mucocutaneous manifestations are commonly observed in HIV patients. These range from various opportunistic infections, inflammatory dermatoses to neoplasms and drug reactions. Objective To observe the nature and frequency of mucocutaneous manifestations in patients of HIV, with or without antiretroviral therapy and their correlation with CD4 cell counts. Patients and methods The duration of study was one year, starting from July 2009 to July 2010. The patients were enrolled from the HIV clinic and inpatient departments of Jinnah Hospital Lahore. Patients meeting the inclusion and exclusion criteria were subjected to a detailed history and clinical examination. Investigations were carried out where required. Treatment profile was also noted. The data was recorded on a pro forma and was analyzed later. Results A total of sixty two patients were enrolled in the study. There were 49 (79%) males and 13 (21%) females. The age range was 4 to 58 years. Cutaneous manifestations were seen in 51 (82%) patients. The most common cutaneous findings were fungal infections seen in 33.87% patients, followed by viral infections (29.03%), xerosis (22.58%) and bacterial infections (12.9%). Less common manifestations were photosensitivity, scabies and hyperpigmentation. CD4 cell count was found to be more than 455x109 in 22 patients while it was less than 455x109 in 40 patients. Skin manifestations were found in 19 (86.36%) patients with a high count and in 33 (82.5%) patients with a low count. Conclusion Cutaneous manifestations are commonly seen in patients of HIV infection.
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