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December 1928


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1928;18(6):951-958. doi:10.1001/archderm.1928.02380180148016

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Tuberculous Abscesses. Presented by Dr. Markowitz.  An infant, aged 17 months, presented three lesions 2 cm. in diameter: one on the hip of six weeks' duration, one on arm of three weeks' duration and one on the chest of two weeks' duration. The skin was unbroken. The first two lesions showed dark pigmentation, and were soft and filled with a dark green fluid. The earliest lesion was deep-seated, firm to the touch, and not changed in color. The Pirquet test was positive. Pus organisms or bacilli were not found under the microscope. The father had active tuberculosis.

DISCUSSION  Dr. Weidman: I think the evidence is rather circumstantial as to this being tuberculosis. Of course the failure to grow pyogenic micro-organisms lends weight to the diagnosis. At the same time, there are so many micro-organisms that must be grown in a particular and suitable medium, that it is not absolutely indicative

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