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June 1961

Studies of Granuloma Faciale

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.