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May 1943

DERMATITIS VACCINICA: (KAPOSI'S VARICELLIFORM ERUPTION)

Author Affiliations

PROVIDENCE, R. I.

From the Skin Service of the Charles V. Chapin Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;47(5):613-619. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01500230003001
Abstract

The disease reported in this communication as dermatitis vaccinica has been called by many names, the best known perhaps being Kaposi's varicelliform eruption, pustulosis vacciniformis acuta (Freud) and eczema vaccinatum. The other synonyms include pustulosis acuta varioliformis (Juliusberg), postvaccinal eruption, vaccine géneralisée, generalized vaccinia, vaccinoderma, vaccinosi accidentale (Venturi), eczema varicellatum (or variolatum) and eczema herpetiforme.

The relationship of dermatitis vaccinica to vaccinia virus is denied by many authors. Some believe it is due to staphylococci; others, that it is a herpetic eruption. This uncertainty is due to the fact that in many cases the inoculated cornea of the rabbit does not show the Guarnieri bodies, that a history of contact with a recently vaccinated person is not obtained or that in some cases a subsequent vaccination of the patient gives positive results.

However, the clinical course and the histologic structure of the pustule are decidedly different from known staphylococcic infections,

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