Pityriasis rubra pilaris and human immunodeficiency virus infection

Br J Dermatol. 1995 Dec;133(6):990-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.1995.tb06939.x.


Recently, the occurrence of pityriasis rubra pilaris (PRP) has been reported in patients with HIV infection. It presents different clinical features, and has a poorer prognosis, than the classical adult type of PRP. We report the occurrence of severe PRP in an HIV-infected patient, and review the previously reported cases of this association. We propose the designation of a new category of PRP (type 6), characterized by the presence of HIV infection, usually without immunosuppression, a poor prognosis and response to treatment, and the development of nodulocystic and lichen spinulosus lesions.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • HIV Infections / complications*
  • HIV Infections / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris / classification
  • Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris / complications*
  • Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris / pathology
  • Prognosis