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June 1961


Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(6):1063-1066. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580120175048

Recurrent Carbuncles. Presented by Col. F. H. Graur, MC, USA, and (by invitation) Capt. W. J. Hennessy, MC, USA.  A 37-year-old white man was in excellent health until September, 1959. At that time he underwent a submucous resection of the nasal septum for an airway obstruction, with a good result. A few weeks after surgery he developed a carbuncle on his left forearm. Since that time he has had numerous episodes of recurrence, necessitating 6 hospitalizations. He has not been free of lesions for any period greater than one week. Most of the infections have been located on his back and lower legs, with some on his arms. He was treated with increasing doses of Staphylococcus toxoid by injection, twice weekly for 19 weeks, without benefit. Prophylactic antibiotics were administered without effect. He has been using pHisoHex for bathing for many months. He has also been on a low carbohydrate

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