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January 1954

CHROMOBLASTOMYCOSIS: Report of Nine Cases from a Single Area in Louisiana

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology and the Department of Microbiology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1954;69(1):83-90. doi:10.1001/archderm.1954.01540130085008

CHROMOBLASTOMYCOSIS is ordinarily regarded as an uncommon type of fungous infection anywhere in the world and as an actually rare infection in the United States. When Carrión1 published his article on the subject in 1950, he included a critical analysis of all the cases reported up to 1947, of which he accepted 157 as verified. Of these, 43 had occurred in Cuba, 41 in Brazil, 15 in Puerto Rico, 12 in South Africa, and 9 in the United States. The remaining cases occurred in small numbers in various parts of the world with the exception of Asia. The apparent immunity of that continent now no longer exists, a case of the disease having been reported from China in 1951.2

The first case of chromoblastomycosis in the United States occurred in Massachusetts in 1915 and was described by Medlar3 and Lane4 in separate publications. Since

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