Dermatologic infections in the immunocompromised (non-HIV) host

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2001 Jun;15(2):671-702, xi. doi: 10.1016/s0891-5520(05)70164-1.


The immunocompromised host's susceptibility to infections often present a difficult diagnostic challenge to the physician. A working knowledge of the host immune defenses and microbiologic complications that can occur when these functions are compromised provides a more focused framework for further evaluation and management. Infections in these patients are often morbid and life-threatening, creating an urgent need for prompt diagnosis. The skin may manifest the first clue(s) of a serious underlying infection. Appropriate workup and diagnosis of cutaneous lesions provide an expeditious, noninvasive, and potentially life-saving approach to the immunocompromised host with a dermatologic infection.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Immune System Diseases / complications
  • Immunocompromised Host*
  • Neutropenia / microbiology
  • Opportunistic Infections / microbiology
  • Skin Diseases / immunology
  • Skin Diseases / microbiology*
  • Skin Diseases / pathology