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May 1945

PRIMARY TUBERCULOUS COMPLEX OF THE SKIN: OCCURRENCE IN A WOMAN AGED SIXTY-FOUR

Author Affiliations

SAN FRANCISCO

Read at the Sixty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the American Dermatological Association, Inc., Chicago, June 21, 1944.

From the department of dermatology of the Mount Zion Hospital and the department of dermatology, division of medicine, University of California Medical School.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;51(5):317-324. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510230027007
Abstract

The primary tuberculous complex of the skin, although rare in dermatologic experience, is a well established clinical entity. The literature on this subject has been adequately reviewed, by Stokes1 in 1925, by Michelson2 in 1935 and by O'Leary and Harrison3 in 1941. As these papers are so complete, no attempt will be made to present the subject in detail.

The purpose of this paper is to report the case of an elderly woman who presented the clinical picture of the primary tuberculous complex of the skin. While the literature already contains a sufficient number of cases which satisfactorily describe the clinical features of this type of inoculation tuberculosis, the case reported here is of such an unusual character as to be worthy of discussion.

The primary tuberculous complex of the skin as summarized by Bruusgaard4 consists of a series of clinical events which follow the

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