February 1956


Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(2):252-258. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250200128011

CASES in which localized actinomycosis has responded to members of the tetracycline group of compounds have been reported, but no case such as this one has been reported as far as we know, in which the actinomycosis was disseminated and seemed to respond to tetracycline.*

REPORT OF CASE  The patient was a white man, 39 years old, a supervisor in an aircraft plant. He came to the Mayo Clinic on Jan. 11, 1954, with a chief complaint of painful nodules under the skin and generously distributed throughout his body.

History.  —About 1941, curettage had been done twice weekly for about four months in treatment of severe pyorrhea. From 1941 to 1948 the patient frequently had had sore throat. In the summer of 1950 he had undergone two dental extractions.In October, 1950, several symptoms had become noteworthy. Bodily aching had been general, but the regions chiefly affected had been the

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