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December 2010

Sporotrichoid Staphylococcus aureus Infection in an Immunosuppressed Patient

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Pathology (Drs Jacobson-Dunlop, Takiguchi, C. R. White, and K. P. White), Dermatology (Drs Takiguchi, C. R. White, and K. P. White), and Internal Medicine, Divisions of Infectious Diseases (Drs Ward and Barnes) and Rheumatology (Dr Becker), Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.

Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(12):1438-1439. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.366

Sporotrichoid lymphangitis, or ascending spread of cutaneous nodular lesions in the distribution of the draining lymphatics, is a well-known clinical pattern with various pathogenic causes. Rare among these pathogens, however, are pyogenic bacteria.1 We report a case of sporotrichoid lymphangitis due to Staphylococcus aureus in a patient undergoing immunosuppressive therapy for dermatomyositis.

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