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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 72--74

Abnormal insect bite reactions: A manifestation of immunosuppression of HIV infection?

1 Dept. of Dermatology and Venereology, Medical College Chest Hospital, M.C. Kavu, Trichur, India
2 Dept. of Dermatology and Clinical Virology, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
K Ajithkumar
Dept. of Dermatology and Venereology, Government Medical College, M.G. Kavu, Trichur.
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PMID: 17664712

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Pruritic papular eruptions are a common manifestation in patients infected with HIV. The significance of these lesions is not known. We have many apparently normal individuals presenting with exaggerated insect bite reaction on the exposed parts of the body as the only manifestation of HIV disease. A pilot study was done to see whether the appearance of exaggerated insect bite reactions is an indicator of impending immune suppression in HIV infected individuals. CD4 count was done in 10 serial patients presenting to our clinic with exaggerated insect bite response of recent onset and HIV infection. Out of the 10 cases, 8 showed low CD4 counts (less than 400/cmm). Further studies may prove that exaggerated insect bite reaction can be a marker of impending immunosuppression.

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