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July 1973

THE METROPOLITAN DERMATOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES

Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(1):125. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620220083024

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Abstract

Atypical Mycobacterium Infection After a Rabbit Bite. Presented by Robert I. Freedman, MD  A 9-year-old boy was bitten on the right index finger by a pet rabbit in October 1971. The bite became infected, was slow to heal, and an ulcer developed slightly distal to the bite. Subsequent to the rabbit bite, the patient remembers that he cleaned his tropical fish aquarium. Examination showed a firm, button-like ulcer on the right index finger. There were several firm subcutaneous nodules ranging from 0.5 to 1.0 cm in a linear fashion along the right forearm. The patient's purified protein derivative (PPD) 2 reaction was 4+.

A Parakeet Bite. Presented by Leah Fisher, MD.  A 37-year-old white man, who is a swimming pool maintenance worker, was bitten on the proximal joint of the right index finger by his pet macaw. This formed a wound which never healed. The original lesion persisted for several

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