Primary anetoderma and HIV infection: a case report

AIDS Read. 2006 Feb;16(2):92-6; discussion 94-5.


Anetoderma is characterized by circumscribed areas of flaccid skin caused by the loss of elastic tissue in the dermis. It may be primary or secondary to various dermatoses. The primary form has been reported in patients with autoimmune diseases, increased levels of antiphospholipid antibodies, prothrombotic abnormalities, and recently, HIV-1 disease. The origin of anetoderma remains unknown. A case of primary anetoderma is reported in a 45-year-old man with asymptomatic HIV-1 infection who was receiving antiretroviral therapy. Laboratory research included the classic immunologic investigations and screening for prothrombotic abnormalities. Possible pathogenic mechanisms of anetoderma, especially with respect to HIV-1 infection and antiretroviral therapy, are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Elastic Tissue / pathology
  • HIV Infections / complications*
  • HIV Infections / immunology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Skin Diseases / etiology
  • Skin Diseases / immunology*
  • Skin Diseases / pathology*