Disseminated talc granulomatosis. An unusual finding in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and fatal cytomegalovirus infection

J. H. Lewis, J. T. Sundeen, G. L. Simon, R. S. Schulof, G. S. Wand, R. L. Gelfand, H. Miller, C. T. Garrett, F. S. Jannotta, J. M. Orenstein

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Abstract

The association of disseminated magnesium silicate talc granulomatosis and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome is reported in a male homosexual who used intravenous drugs and who died of overwhelming cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. Autopsy findings included widespread deposition of talc crystals in the lungs, liver, lymph nodes, bone marrow, and spleen. Typical CMV inclusions were seen in the lungs, kidneys, adrenal glands, gastrointestinal tract, and right eye. There was no evidence of malignancy. Analysis of peripheral blood neutrophil function revealed impaired chemotaxis and chemokinesis, but opsonophagocytosis had remained normal. The CMV infection in the small bowel was extensive and resulted in severe destruction of the muscularis propria and neural plexi, leading to marked dilatation and persistent diarrhea. The terminal course was marked by intractable hypotension, pneumonitis, and malnutrition, which could be attributed respectively to CMV involvement of the adrenal glands, lungs, and small bowel. The etiology and possible role of systemic talc granulomatosis in the development of immunosuppressive illness is reported herein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-150
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Volume109
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 10 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology

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