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September 1, 1956


Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology University of Illinois College of Medicine 840 S. Wood St. Chicago 14.

JAMA. 1956;162(1):65. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970180067025

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To the Editor:—  A preliminary report on the suspected cause of an unusual eruption on the axillas of women is worthwhile for diagnosing and possibly averting this new disease. Since the presentation of two cases at the Chicago Dermatological Society meeting on May 16, 1956, our colleagues have been seeing similar cases. In our series of four cases, women in the middle-age group were affected. The eruption was limited to the axillas, particularly the hairy area. The lesions were papules and nodules, with the highest point resembling a vesicle. Fluid was not obtained from the pseudovesicles. Clinically, the eruption was unlike any cutaneous disease, common or uncommon, previously seen on the axillas. For this reason, a biopsy was performed on three patients and repeated on the first one several weeks later. Histopathological findings were those of a tuberculoid reaction, suggesting the presence of a foreign body. The sections suggested the

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