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Cutaneous Manifestations of HTLV-1 Infection: A Case Report

Cheema, Asima MD*; Highsmith, James MD, MS; McCardle, Timothy MD; Castillo, Elvis MD§; Sandin, Ramon L. MD, MS, FCAP; Velez, Ana Paula MD; Toney, John F. MD, FACP#; Greene, John N. MD, FACP**

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: November 2012 - Volume 20 - Issue 6 - p 435–437
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31825b2265
Case Reports

Human T lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) was the first retrovirus with documented linkage to human disease and has been implicated in the development of multiple disease processes including HTLV-1–associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis and adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma. Skin lesions are frequent in HTLV-1 infection and may constitute an alert for the diagnosis of this condition. This manuscript will discuss various skin findings associated with HTLV-1 along with a case report of rare cutaneous manifestations of HTLV-1 infection.

From the *Division of Infectious Diseases, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL; †New York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital, New York, NY; ‡University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL; §Fellow Infectious Diseases, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL; ∥Clinical Microbiology and Virology Laboratories, Moffitt Cancer Center; and University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL; ¶Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL; #Healthcare Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Programs, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Clinics; and Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL and **Infectious Diseases, Moffitt Cancer Center; and University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL.

Correspondence to: John N. Greene, MD, FACP, Infectious Diseases, Moffitt Cancer Center; and University of South Florida College of Medicine, 12902 Magnolia Dr, FOB-3, Tampa, FL 33612-9497. E-mail: john.greene@moffitt.org.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.