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July 1956

"Kissing Bug" Bite

Author Affiliations

Fort Worth, Texas

AMA Arch Derm. 1956;74(1):14-21. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550070016004

During the past two years we have seen 45 patients who presented themselves because of lesions which were caused by the bite of Triatoma sanguisuga, an insect commonly known as the "kissing bug." None of these patients had felt a "bite" or seen a bug. When advised as to the cause of their dermatosis, all were able to find the bug in or about their beds and brought it in for identification.

Our primary purpose in presenting this paper is to familiarize the medical profession, particularly dermatologists, with the insect and with a characteristic clinical picture which may be produced by its bite. Of secondary but general medical interest is the relationship of the Triatoma family of insects to South American trypanosomiasis, or Chagas' disease, and the fact that the possibility of human infection with this disease exists in the United States.

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