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July 1954


AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1954;70(1):121-132. doi:10.1001/archderm.1954.01540190123014

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Infectious Myositis. Presented by Dr. David Omens and (by invitation) Dr. Harold Omens and Dr. Leonard Hoit.

History.—The patient is a 22-year-old Negro man. He was admitted to the hospital on February 9, and at that time he gave the following history. About three months previously he had developed the "flu," with a temperature of 101 F., nausea, vomiting, and cough. Two weeks after the onset of this illness, he was given an injection of penicillin, and within 24 hours muscle soreness developed. The soreness started in the thighs, then the arms, and then the back. After this he began having difficulty walking. He also had trouble in breathing because of the marked muscle soreness. He has had slight difficulty in swallowing.

Physical Examination.—There was moderate edema of the face, especially in the periorbital regions. There was an area of hyperpigmentation on the right side of the neck.

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