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March 1989

Kaposi's Sarcoma in a 6-Day-Old Infant With Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology; Department of Pathology Hospital Regional "20 de Noviembre" Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales Para Trabajadores Del Estato Av Coyoacan Esq Felix Cuevas México 03229, DF, México; Department of Immunology Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias México, DF, México

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(3):432-433. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670150122023

To the Editor.—  Kaposi's sarcoma is a distinctive feature of full-blown acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)1 that occurs in young men, runs a rapidly progressive course, and spreads systematically.2 Although numerous cases of children with AIDS have been reported, none has reported the presence of Kaposi's sarcoma in a 6-day-old infant infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Report of a Case.—  A full-term male infant was born of a 22-year-old woman. The father, a 23-year-old bisexual who seeks male companionship five times a year on the average, shows no signs or symptoms of AIDS and has tested positive by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent (ELISA) test to HIV antibodies. Approximately 21/2 years ago, he donated blood to a sister who is now positive to HIV antibodies.The mother, a lower middle-class woman with no risk factors, had a normal pregnancy 31/2 years previously, at which time she received a blood transfusion

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