Common variable immunodeficiency is a heterogeneous syndrome characterized by hypogammaglobulinemia and recurrent bacterial infections. Patients with this syndrome also have an increased incidence of autoimmune disease and malignancy, most notably lymphoproliferative disorders. The treatment for common variable immunodeficiency is supported by the use of intravenous infusion of immunoglobulins that allows for control of the disease and avoidance of recurrent opportunistic infections. This report describes a young patient having common variable immunodeficiency who presented with a clonal CD8 + lymphocytic infiltration of the skin clinically manifesting as a widespread papulonodular eruption and resolving with intravenous immunoglobulin therapy. We speculate that such a unique cutaneous presentation may represent a prelymphomatous condition because of the development of an autonomous T-suppressor/cytotoxic cell clone, possibly also responsible for the impaired immunoglobulin production.
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