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February 2003

Violaceous Plaques in a Patient With Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome—Quiz Case

Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(2):215-220. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.2.215-a

A 37-year-old man with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome presented with a 3-month history of slightly pruritic plaques on the sun-exposed areas of his face and arms. The lesions developed quickly and then stabilized and persisted. They were unresponsive to treatment with 0.2% hydrocortisone valerate cream or 0.05% clobetasol propionate cream.

On physical examination, there were multiple, well-defined, dusky, purple plaques located on the sun-exposed areas of the face (Figure 1), including the upper lip; anterior aspect of the neck; upper chest area; and dorsal aspect of the hands (Figure 2). Several of the lesions had a fine scale. There were no other oral or other mucosal findings.

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