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Violaceous nodules in an HIV-positive man

  • Author(s): Scott, Brian L
  • Dominguez, Arturo R
  • Nguyen, Khang D
  • et al.
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Plasmablastic lymphoma (PBL) is a rare and aggressive malignancy associated with immunosuppression and the oncogenic effects of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). We present an HIV-positive man with PBL that presented as ulcers and violaceous exophytic nodules on the legs. The clinical features, histologic appearance, and differential diagnosis of this malignancy are briefly reviewed.

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