In 1898 Schenck1 reported an unusual case of refractory subcutaneous abscesses of the arm, the point of entrance of the infection being a scratch by a nail of the index finger, whence the infection extended along the lymph channels. From the contents of these abscesses Schenck isolated in pure culture a fungus which was regarded as "possibly related to the Sporotricha." The abscesses contained a gelatinous pus and often they were succeeded by ulcers with undermined edges. The illness in this case lasted about six months.
Two years later Hektoen and Perkins2 observed a similar case with an almost identical clinical course, the abscesses developing after an abrasion of the finger from a blow by a hammer. A number of abscesses and ulcers formed in the subcutaneous tissue of the forearm and there was swelling of the axillary and supraclavicular lymph nodes. The illness lasted three months. Cultures
SPOROTRICHOSIS—A REVIEW. JAMA. 1908;LI(6):500–501. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540060050004
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