Cutaneous cytomegalovirus infection in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome


Badr AbdullGaffar, MD Histopathology Department Dubai Hospital PO Box 7272 Dubai United Arab Emirates


Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in immunocompromised patients is a common opportunistic systemic infection which can lead to death, and usually presents with visceral manifestations, especially of the lung, brain, eye, and gastrointestinal tract. Cutaneous CMV infection is, however, relatively rare in immunocompromised patients. Cutaneous CMV infection can have variable clinical and histologic manifestations, and thus can be easily missed. We report a case of cutaneous CMV infection in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, presenting as a generalized, pruritic, erythematous, maculopapular eruption.