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Attenuation of an adult T-cell leukemia skin lesion after treatment of a concomitant herpes simplex infection: a case study

Hajime Tomita1, Fumihide Ogawa1, Sayaka Kuwatsuka1, Fumi Toriyama2, Shinichirou Yasumoto3, Shimeru Kamihira4 and Atsushi Utani1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Dermatology, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 1-7-1 Sakamoto, Nagasaki, 852-8501, Japan

2 Department of Dermatology, Japanese Red Cross Nagasaki Genbaku Hospital, Nagasaki, Japan

3 Department of Dermatology, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan

4 Department of Laboratory Medicine, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki, Japan

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Virology Journal 2012, 9:224  doi:10.1186/1743-422X-9-224

Published: 1 October 2012


We report the development and treatment of eczema herpeticum in a 51-year-old male suffering from adult T-cell leukemia (ATL). Lesions of eczema herpeticum coexisted with the skin lesions of ATL. Treatment of eczema herpeticum resulted in a concomitant improvement in the symptoms of ATL, including a reduction in the size of the ATL plaques, for over 2 months before relapse.

Adult T-cell leukemia virus type 1; Herpes simplex; Eczema herpeticum