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March 1946

KERATOSIS BLENNORRHAGICA: Its Response to Penicillin

Author Affiliations

Medical Corps, Army of the United States

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;53(3):278-280. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510320068011

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A SEARCH of the available literature reveals no record of the use of penicillin in the treatment of keratosis blenorrhagica. For this reason it seems desirable to report a case in which intramuscular injection of penicillin was followed by cessation of all symptoms and clearing of the cutaneous lesions.


History.—A white soldier, 21 years old, single, was admitted to the Station Hospital on Feb. 1, 1944, complaining of a painful foot and pain and swelling of the left knee. His previous history was not remarkable, except that he had been treated with sulfadiazine for gonorrhea on an ambulatory basis from Jan. 5, 1944 to January 10. The pain in the foot and the swelling of the knee followed a hike of 5 miles (8 kilometers). The patient reported to the infirmary and was sent to the Station Hospital with a diagnosis of a possible

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