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May 22, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(21):1607-1611. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670470015005

The occurrence of gangrene following infectious diseases is not uncommon; but the occurrence of symmetrical gangrene as a complication in such conditions is comparatively rare and is barely mentioned in any of the textbooks. The occurrence of symmetrical gangrene in malaria, which is classified by Dieulafoy1 under the infectious diseases proper to man, is mentioned by only a few authors; of all the complications and sequelae of malaria, gangrene is probably the rarest.

Brusa2 reports a case of symmetrical gangrene in a child, aged 14 months, following measles; Learmonth,3 a case of gangrene in the lower extremities in a child, aged 3 years, complicating scarlet fever which began simultaneously in the two limbs. Buerger4 refers to gangrene as complicating syphilis, typhoid, influenza, typhus fever, cholera and scarlet fever during the period of convalescence; Darier5 and Kerr6 refer to thrombosis following typhoid, the former mentioning