The First Report of Bartonella quintana Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome Complicated by Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction

Michelle Dallapiazza, Matthew J. Akiyama

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Bacillary angiomatosis (BA) is a rare complication of human immune deficiency virus (HIV) infection in the post-antiretroviral therapy (ART) era, and few cases of BA-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) have been described. We report the case of a 50-year-old man who presented with mass lesions involving the skin, subcutaneous tissues, muscle, and bone. The diagnosis of Bartonella quintana BA was confirmed by serum polymerase chain reaction. The patient's treatment course was complicated by both IRIS and Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction. The case had a favorable outcome with supportive care and continuation of ART and doxycycline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-323
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2017



  • bacillary angiomatosis
  • Bartonella quintana
  • HIV
  • immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome
  • Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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