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February 1923


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1923;7(2):226-233. doi:10.1001/archderm.1923.02360080085007

Sporotrichosis is an infectious granuloma affecting the skin and subcutaneous lymphatic tissues, caused by a definite pathogenic fungus, or by a saphrophyte which has become pathogenic.

The micro-organism of sporotrichosis was first described by Schenck1 in 1898 and corroborated by Hektoen and Perkins2 in 1900. It has been found in the lungs and mouth, in the nasal discharge of persons and domestic animals, and in the blood culture of animals suffering from a sporothrix infection.3

The histopathology is that of an infectious granuloma, and has characteristic features similar to those of blastomycosis, tuberculosis, syphilis, and other granulomas. So far as I can ascertain, there have been only two reports of cases of sporotrichosis occurring in Texas.4 Its apparent prevalence in other locations leads to the report of two cases which occurred in Galveston. Three other cases, which were clinically typical, have come to my knowledge, but