Which physical findings suggest comorbid hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) and HIV-associated follicular syndrome?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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HIV-associated pityriasis rubra pilaris, or pityriasis rubra pilaris type VI, is a new entity reported in patients with HIV infection. HIV-associated pityriasis rubra pilaris is characterized by the cutaneous lesions of pityriasis rubra pilaris and a variable association with the lesions of acne conglobata, hidradenitis suppurativa, and lichen spinulosus. [65] This disease can be designated by the broader term, HIV-associated follicular syndrome. Although the pathogenesis of pityriasis rubra pilaris type VI is unknown, follicular inflammation secondary to infection of the hair follicle bulge area by HIV has been suggested.


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