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June 30, 1934


Author Affiliations

Greenville, N. C.

JAMA. 1934;102(26):2179-2180. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.62750260002009a

This case is reported because massive gangrene of the skin is an unusual complication of chickenpox.

REPORT OF CASE  H. C. Jr., a schoolboy, aged 6 years, had had a normal birth and infancy. He had never had any severe illness. There had been frequent colds before the tonsils and adenoids had been removed two years before. Since that time he had been perfectly well except for a mild case of measles four months previously. He was doing well in school.There was an epidemic of chickenpox in the schools at the time of the onset of illness. Five days before he entered the hospital a low grade fever developed and the boy complained of pains in the joints. Two days later vesicles characteristic of chickenpox appeared on the skin. There were few of them and all indications pointed to a mild attack. On the fourth day of the illness

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