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Article
June 1973

Studies in Children With ImpetigoBacteriology, Serology, and Incidence of Glomerulonephritis

Author Affiliations

Atlanta
From the departments of medicine (Dr. Hall) and pediatrics (Dr. Blumberg), Emory University School of Medicine; Pediatric Service, Grady Memorial Hospital; and the Center for Disease Control Health Services and Mental Health Administration (Dr. Moody), Public Health Service, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Atlanta.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(6):800-806. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160060014003
Abstract

One hundred fifty children with impetigo were studied over a two-year period. Group A β-hemolytic streptococci were isolated from the skin lesions of the majority (75%) of patients. The streptococcal pyoderma strains were further classified by agglutination reactions with T-antisera, the most frequent patterns being 25/Imp.19, T-12, and 3/B3264. No predominant staphylococcal pyoderma strains were noted by phage typing.

Treatment with cleansing and local application of antibiotics were effective in healing the lesions within one to three weeks. Follow-up clinical examination and urinalyses revealed one patient who developed significant hematuria of acute glomerulonephritis, an attack rate of approximately 1%.

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