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November 1945

SEMBLANCE OF ELASTIC TISSUE TO MYCELIUM IN POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE PREPARATIONS

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(5):401. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510290106023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—I have read with interest a clinical note entitled, "Semblance of Elastic Tissue to Mycelium an Potassium Hydroxide Preparations," by Walter S. Green and Maurice C. Shepard in the August issue of the Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology. I should like to call attention to the work of two American authors, Isaac R. Pels and S. Bayne-Jones, of Baltimore, who published in 1923 an article on exactly the same subject (Elastic Tissue Simulating Mycelial Filaments in Skin Scrapings, Arch. Dermat. & Syph.8:37 [July] 1923). These authors stated that elastic tissue fibers in scrapings from lesions of the skin may so closely resemble the mycelial filaments of fungi as to lead to an error in diagnosis and the consequent use of inappropriate treatment. Their specimens, taken from granulomatous lesions and examined in potassium hydroxide, contained filaments which were mistaken for fungous mycelium by a number of

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