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June 1961

Studies of Granuloma Faciale

Author Affiliations


From Dermatology Service (Robert Levine, Lt. Col., USAF (MC), Chief), Department of Medicine, USAF Hospital, Lackland, USAF Aerospace Medical Center (ATC).

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(6):1011-1013. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580120123035

Over the past 15 years, a distinctive facial granuloma has emerged as a clinical and histological entity. Recently, Johnson, Higdon, and Helwig have given a complete review of the disease and discussed 15 new cases. It is the purpose of this communication to present briefly a typical case, and to report a failure either to find a viral agent responsible, or to stimulate the production of a lesion on a nonfacial area.

Report of a Case  A 24-year-old white man developed a small, purplish, asymptomatic papule on the left side of his forehead during 1955. The lesion slowly enlarged. In June, 1959, a small papule developed more centrally on the forehead.When seen at the USAF Hospital, Lackland, in December, 1959, he was noted to have a purplishred, irregularly elevated, rubbery plaque measuring 3X2 cm. on the left side of his forehead, and a similar papule measuring 0.5 cm.

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