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September 1947

CUTANEOUS DIPHTHERIA: Report of Ten Cases

Author Affiliations

FORT WORTH, TEXAS; NEW YORK

Formerly of the staff of the Ninety-Seventh General Hospital, United States Army.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;56(3):357-363. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520090077009
Abstract

PERUSAL of the domestic and foreign literature indicates that the apparent increase of cutaneous diphtheria during and after the recent conflict closely parallels the trend observed in World War I.1 While the disease is rather unusual among civilians, it occurs with some frequency among armed forces. The majority of reports deal with tropical and subtropical occurrence. With the return of large numbers of troops from areas where diphtheria is much commoner than in the United States, the possibility of cutaneous lesions should be kept in mind.

During a recent epidemic of diphtheria among American troops in Germany, 10 patients with cutaneous diphtheria were observed and treated. It is believed that their cases are of interest because of diagnostic difficulties due to the great variety of lesions and their location.

REPORT OF CASES 

Case 1.—  G. J. P., a man aged 20, was hospitalized elsewhere on Dec. 7, 1945 with

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