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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 70

Segmental leiomyoma: A report of two cases


Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

Date of Submission04-Dec-2021
Date of Decision03-Jan-2022
Date of Acceptance16-Jan-2022
Date of Web Publication16-Jun-2022

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, P.O. Box 55302, Baghdad Post Office, Baghdad
Iraq
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DOI: 10.4103/tjd.tjd_133_21

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Al-Mendalawi MD. Segmental leiomyoma: A report of two cases. Turk J Dermatol 2022;16:70

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Al-Mendalawi MD. Segmental leiomyoma: A report of two cases. Turk J Dermatol [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Jul 2];16:70. Available from: https://www.tjdonline.org/text.asp?2022/16/2/70/347632



Dear Editor,

In July–September 2021 issue of the Turkish Journal of Dermatology, Iswarya et al.[1] presented two Indian patients with type 1 segmental leiomyoma. Immunocompromised individuals are more susceptible to various lymphoproliferative and neoplastic disorders due to low cellular and humoral immunity.[2] I wonder why Iswarya et al.[1] did not take into consideration the immunocompromised status in the studied patients, in particular infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Indeed, cutaneous leiomyoma has been reported in HIV-positive individuals.[3] In India, HIV infection is a cumbersome health threat. The published data pointed out to the national adult prevalence of 0.22% (0.17%–0.29%) in 2019.[4] Regrettably, the employed laboratory tests in the studied patients did not involve HIV testing. We believe that the diagnostic panel of fourth-generation assay for P24 antigen and antibodies as well as estimating viral overload and CD4 lymphocyte counts would have warranted. If that panel was to address HIV reactivity, the two cases in question could be regarded novel case reports of HIV-associated skin leiomyoma in the Indian literature.

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1.
Iswarya A, Vijayasankar P, Karthikeyan K, Sriram V Segmental leiomyoma: A report of two cases. Turk J Dermatol 2021;15:80-2.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Ji Y, Lu H Malignancies in HIV-infected and AIDS patients. Adv Exp Med Biol 2017;1018:167-79.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Kanitakis J, Carbonnel E, Chouvet B, Labeille B, Claudy A Cutaneous leiomyomas (piloleiomyomas) in adult patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection. Br J Dermatol 2000;143:1338-40.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.
Government of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, National AIDS Control Organisation. HIV Facts & Figures. Available from: http://naco.gov.in/hiv-facts-figures. [Last accessed on 2021 Dec 3].  Back to cited text no. 4
    




 

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