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March 1948

MOSAIC TYPE OF PLANTAR WART: Its Characteristics and Treatment

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1948;57(3_PART_I):397-399. doi:10.1001/archderm.1948.01520150119017

The material in this paper formed the basis for an exhibit in the Scientific Section at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology and Syphilology, Cleveland, Dec. 8 to 12, 1946.

Since our paper1 in 1937 interest in the mosaic wart has increased. MacKee,2 Sutton3 and others4 have recognized it as a distinct and unusual type of plantar wart which is radioresistant and unresponsive to ordinary treatment for warts. However, it does respond to the chemosurgical therapy devised by us and by which we have cured 89.9 per cent of 109 patients of mosaic warts in private practice during the past five years. With this method there is no resultant scarring or injury to the fat pads, and the normal papillary linear arrangement returns. The patient remains ambulatory.

The mosaic wart has clinical characteristics which distinguish it from the single (traumatic) and mother-daughter

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