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August 1977

Leukocytoclastic Angiitis in Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis

Author Affiliations

From the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and the Department of Pathology, the Veterans Administration Hospital, Houston (Dr Min).

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(8):1073-1074. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640080075011

• The case of a patient who had palpable purpura on his lower extremities due to Lactobacillus-caused subacute bacterial endocarditis is reported. Histologic examination of the purpuric lesions demonstrated a leukocytoclastic angiitis. It is postulated that purpuric and other cutaneous lesions of subacute bacterial endocarditis are related to circulating immune complexes.

(Arch Dermatol 113:1073-1074, 1977)