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February 1934


Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, and the Glen Lake Tuberculosis Sanatorium.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;29(2):251-269. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460080081008

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE  Tuberculous lesions of the face may assume any one of a large number of forms. To describe thoroughly and well all of these would be beyond the scope of this article; therefore, we shall discuss only the essential facts concerning the various lesions caused by the tubercle bacillus which may occur on the face.The polymorphism of tuberculosis is surpassed only by that of syphilis, but in a study of cutaneous tuberculosis we have neither an accurate clinical course nor a test as reliable as the Wassermann test to depend on. In investigating lesions of suspected tuberculous etiology we have at our disposal the following methods: clinical history and examinations, morphology of the lesion, histology of biopsy specimens, tuberculin tests, blood cultures and inoculations of animals. One will realize that such an investigation is difficult and requires an evaluation of the facts discovered.To make a diagnosis