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Cytomegalovirus diaper dermatitis
Dermatology Publications and Presentations
  • Diane M. Thiboutot, Pennsylvania State University
  • Avril Beckford, Pennsylvania State University
  • Christopher R. Mart, Pennsylvania State University
  • F. Mack Sexton, Pennsylvania State University
  • Mary E. Maloney, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology
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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Cytomegalovirus Infections; Diaper Rash; Humans; Infant; Male; Skin Diseases, Infectious
Cytomegalovirus inclusions have been reported in perineal ulcers from immunosuppressed adults. The importance of this finding is unknown. We report the first pediatric case of cutaneous cytomegalovirus infection in an infant with congenital human immunodeficiency virus infection, presenting as a diaper dermatitis. Cytomegalovirus was cultured from the skin biopsy specimen, and characteristic inclusions were seen on hematoxylin-eosin-stained sections. Results of this biopsy specimen analysis prompted further investigation revealing disseminated cytomegalovirus infection, including retinitis. Aggressive pursuit of a pathogen in common conditions such as diaper dermatitis is strongly recommended in immunosuppressed pediatric patients.
DOI of Published Version

Arch Dermatol. 1991 Mar;127(3):396-8. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680030116017


At the time of publication, Mary E. Maloney was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Diane M. Thiboutot, Avril Beckford, Christopher R. Mart, F. Mack Sexton, et al.. "Cytomegalovirus diaper dermatitis" Vol. 127 Iss. 3 (1991) ISSN: 0003-987X (Linking)
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