A case of lues maligna in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Scand J Infect Dis. 2005;37(9):697-700. doi: 10.1080/00365540510034464.


We report a case of lues maligna (ulceronodular cutaneous syphilis) mimicking mycosis fungoides in an individual with AIDS and review the literature of this variant of syphilis in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals. A comparison of the histological similarities and differences between lues maligna, late cutaneous syphilis and mycosis fungoides is also discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • HIV Infections / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycosis Fungoides / diagnosis*
  • Skin / microbiology
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Syphilis, Cutaneous / diagnosis*
  • Syphilis, Cutaneous / microbiology