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December 26, 1966

Talc Granulomas of the Skin

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston (Drs. Tye and Hashimoto) and the Haverhill (Mass) Municipal Hospital (Drs. Tye and Fox).

JAMA. 1966;198(13):1370-1372. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110260082029

SURGICAL GLOVE TALC can cause granulomas in various intestinal and pelvic organs.1 In the skin, localized silica granulomas due to the glove talc have been observed in surgical scars2,3 and as the result of the impregnation of the skin by silicious particles, such as glass or sand, following an injury.' 5 Extensive talc granulomas of the skin have not been reported, to our knowledge.

Report of a Case  A 45-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital because of the development of increasing numbers of lumps on her shoulders, buttocks, and thighs. These nodules had been developing for the past two years and were at sites where she has had as many as 500 boils over the past eight to ten years. Many of these boils were treated by incision and drainage. The nodules have not appeared on areas of the body where she has not had furuncles. She also