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September 1946

CHROMOBLASTOMYCOSIS: Report of Two New Cases Observed in the Isthmus of Panama

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From the medical department of the Hospital Santo Tomás.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;54(3):265-277. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510380012002

TWO NEW cases of chromoblastomycosis are reported in this paper to make a total of 3 cases already diagnosed in the Isthmus of Panama and a total of 154 cases diagnosed in the whole world1 since the discovery of the disease by Pedroso and Gomez2 in Brazil and the first publications by Medlar3 and Lane.4

I am not able to tell anything about the incidence of the disease here until the medical profession has a better knowledge of its five clinical forms,5 and of how a diagnosis may be made. Chromoblastomycosis may be diagnosed by the observation of sclerotic cells on microscopic examination of the material obtained by scraping the lesions, by the culture of the scabs in Sabouraud's medium and the subsequent study of the fungi6 or by the agglutination reaction.7 However, it was a great surprise to me,

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