What conditions should be considered in differential diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum in patients with HIV/AIDS?

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Ashish C Bhatia, MD, FAAD, FACMS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Differential diagnoses to consider in patients with AIDS include the following:

  • Cutaneous cryptococcus [23] : Cutaneous cryptococcus presents as molluscumlike eruptions (on the face, it often has a very dramatic appearance); the patient may have few or no other symptoms associated with cryptococcal meningitis.

  • Cutaneous coccidioidomycosis

  • Cutaneous histoplasmosis

  • Cutaneous aspergillosis


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