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May 1970

Oedemerid Beetle Dermatitis

Author Affiliations

San Juan, PR

From the Section of Dermatology, Department of Medicine (Dr. Fleisher) and the Department of Medical Zoology, School of Medicine (Dr. Fox), School of Tropical Medicine, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan.

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(5):601-605. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000050105017

This is the first report of a pruritic, vesicular dermatitis due to the beetle Oxycopis vittata (Fabricius). Experimental reproduction of the disease was achieved in volunteer subjects. Histologic examination of biopsy material revealed subepidermal vesicle formation and moderate mononuclear perivascular infiltrate in the mid and upper dermis.