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Article
May 1946

EXFOLIATIVE DERMATITIS ASSOCIATED WITH AMEBIC DYSENTERY

Author Affiliations

ST. LOUIS

Studies, observations and reports from the Department of Dermatology of the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital and the Department of Dermatology, Washington University School of Medicine, Service of Dr. M. F. Engman Sr.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;53(5):506-507. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510340072010

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Abstract

A patient with an exfoliative dermatitis of three years' duration was recently treated at the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital. During his stay at the hospital, it was discovered that he had an Endamoeba histolytica infection of the intestinal tract. Successful amebacidal therapy brought about a dramatic improvement in the eruption.

REPORT OF A CASE

R. C., a white farmer aged 54, was admitted to the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital on May 17, 1945 and discharged on July 16.

History.—Three years prior to his present entry into the hospital, the patient had an eruption after he had sprayed tobacco with paris green. Although the patient had used no paris green since then, the eruption persisted. A year later a gastrointestinal disorder developed, during which time diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloody stools were present. Six months later (eighteen months after the onset of the eruption) the

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