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December 1987

Hypertrichosis of the Eyelashes in Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Department of Medicine Hospital Arnau de Vilanova Rovira Roure 80 25006 Lleida, Spain.

Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(12):1599-1601. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660360027006

To the Editor.—  The skin is one of the target organs of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) virus, and many are the mucocutaneous manifestations of the disease.1,2 Most of these manifestations are brought on by a reduction in cellular immunity (fungus and virus infections). Kaposi's sarcoma and a seborrheiclike dermatitis also manifest themselves on the skin in cases of AIDS.Recently, we have had three patients, two with Fig 1.—Patient 1. Lateral view. Hypertrichosis is more evident in eyelashes. AIDS, and the third, a carrier of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), who developed hypertrichosis of the eyelashes. We could not relate this phenomenon to their medication or to the infections. Therefore, we propose hypertrichosis of the eyelashes as a cutaneous manifestation of AIDS.

Report of Cases.—  Case 1.—A 27-year-old man, who was a drug addict and HIV carrier, and who had been receiving treatment since August 1986 for tuberculosis

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