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March 1944

LESSENED SENSITIVITY TO TUBERCULIN IN ACNE

Author Affiliations

ST. PAUL

From the University of Minnesota, Division of Dermatology, Dr. H. E. Michelson, Director, and the Students' Health Service, Dr. Ruth Boynton, Director.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(3):174-175. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510090020003
Abstract

The possibility of a relationship between acne and tuberculosis has interested many observers. A positive association between the diseases has been strongly upheld by some, but this view is not generally accepted. References to the subject were reviewed recently by Loewenthal, who reported the results of cutaneous tests on a group of dermatologic patients. He stated that "the summary of the relevant literature shows that no conclusion has yet been reached on the relation, if any, between acne and tuberculosis."1 The present report considers the Mantoux reactions of a large number of persons with and without acne. Though it is realized that evidence of this nature cannot be conclusive and is without much hope for fruitful results, it seemed that it might be worth while to record the data so that they may be available to future investigators.

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