Chicken pox and acute monocytic leukaemia skin lesions in an HIV-seropositive man


  • Presented at the ‘Journees Dermatologiques de Paris’, 17 March, 1993.

Hôpital St Joseph, 7 rue Pierre Larousse, 75014 Paris, France.


Lymphoid neoplasia is now well known to occur in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection but the first case of acute monocytic leukaemia in an HIV-seropositive man has been only recently described. We report the case of an HIV-infected patient who simultaneously developed skin lesions of acute monocytic leukaemia and chicken pox. We suggest that HIV may produce a malignant transformation of monocytic cells.