Peripheral gangrene following diphtheria is of very rare occurrence. Ker1 mentions the condition but states that he never saw a case. He refers to Rolleston,2 who saw a case in 1910 and who was able to collect ten others from the literature at that time. Robbins3 published a review of twenty-five cases of peripheral gangrene following diphtheria. The next important contribution to the subject was a critical and exhaustive résumé of the literature by Bailey.4 No new case has been reported since. Our case is the fourth to be observed and reported in America, the previous ones having been published by Vedder (1879), Ward (1894) and Munn (1894).
REPORT OF CASE
History.—Abraham A., 6 years old, gave a history of having had a sore throat for four days without having received any medical attention. On the fourth day, a physician was called. He made a
GORDON MB, NEWMAN B. REPORT OF A CASE OF GANGRENE OF THE FEET FOLLOWING DIPHTHERIA. Am J Dis Child. 1922;23(2):142-145. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1922.01910380053006